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Leaders to discuss the consequences of the UK referendum

The European Council will focus on the outcome of the UK referendum. On Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron will explain the situation in the UK after the referendum. It will be followed by a first exchange of views. On Wednesday, the 27 heads of state or government will meet informally to talk about the political and practical implications of 'Brexit'.  

"We will discuss the so called 'divorce process' as described in Art. 50 of the Treaty. And we will start a discussion on the future of the European Union with 27 member states," said President Tusk in the invitation letter ahead of the meeting.  

On Tuesday, the leaders will also address other pressing issues: migration, external relations and the economic situation.

Leaders to discuss the consequences of the UK referendum

The European Council will focus on the outcome of the UK referendum. On Tuesday, Prime Minister David Cameron will explain the situation in the UK after the referendum. It will be followed by a first exchange of views. On Wednesday, the 27 heads of state or government will meet informally to talk about the political and practical implications of 'Brexit'.  

"We will discuss the so called 'divorce process' as described in Art. 50 of the Treaty. And we will start a discussion on the future of the European Union with 27 member states," said President Tusk in the invitation letter ahead of the meeting.  

On Tuesday, the leaders will also address other pressing issues: migration, external relations and the economic situation.

The European Council

The European Council consists of the heads of state or government of the EU's member states, together with its President and the European Commission President. It defines the EU's general political direction and priorities.

The Council of the EU

The Council of the EU represents the member states' governments. Also known informally as the EU Council, it is where national ministers from each EU country meet to adopt laws and coordinate policies.

What is the Council?

The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership.