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Statement by the President of the European Council on the outcome of the UK referendum, 24 June

"We are prepared for this negative scenario. There will be no legal vacuum," said President Donald Tusk following the official results of the UK referendum.

"On behalf of the twenty seven leaders I can say that we are determined to keep our unity as twenty seven," he emphasised.

 Finally, he proposed an informal meeting of the 27 leaders in the margins of the European Council summit on 28-29 June to start a wider reflection on the future of the Union.

Statement by the President of the European Council on the outcome of the UK referendum, 24 June

"We are prepared for this negative scenario. There will be no legal vacuum," said President Donald Tusk following the official results of the UK referendum.

"On behalf of the twenty seven leaders I can say that we are determined to keep our unity as twenty seven," he emphasised.

 Finally, he proposed an informal meeting of the 27 leaders in the margins of the European Council summit on 28-29 June to start a wider reflection on the future of the Union.

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. 

In focus

Council confirms deal on European border and coast guard

On 22 June, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed the compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on the proposed regulation for a European border and coast guard.

The European border and coast guard will consist of a European agency (the current Frontex agency with expanded tasks) and national authorities of the Schengen countries responsible for border management. The agency will establish an operational strategy for European integrated border management and assist all member states concerned in its implementation.

In focus

Council confirms deal on European border and coast guard

On 22 June, the Permanent Representatives Committee (Coreper) confirmed the compromise text agreed with the European Parliament on the proposed regulation for a European border and coast guard.

The European border and coast guard will consist of a European agency (the current Frontex agency with expanded tasks) and national authorities of the Schengen countries responsible for border management. The agency will establish an operational strategy for European integrated border management and assist all member states concerned in its implementation.