Brexit Vote Throws European Leaders Into Turmoil

As the dust continues to settle following last Thursday’s seismic referendum result, European Leaders are split on how to handle Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU). The victory for Brexit has also led to further calls for EU integration, led by France and Germany. While the German Chancellor Angela Merkel is holding to a “don’t panic” line, favouring maintaining friendly relations with the UK and allowing British politicians to proceed on their own timetable, others, including Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker want to see the UK punished and made an example of. The foreign ministers from the EU’s six founding member states – France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands – met in Berlin for emergency talks on Friday, appearing in front of press together to issue a demand that Britain get the Brexit process underway as quickly as possible. The German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said the ministers “join together in saying that this process must begin as soon as possible, so we don’t end up in an extended limbo period”. And appearing not to understand that a Conservative leadership election would take weeks to conduct, France’s minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said: “A new prime minister must be designated,