"I'm missing her," Juncker says as EU leaders meet without Theresa May

# 10 May 2019 13:39 (UTC +04:00)

European leaders met in the Romanian city of Sibiu Thursday to launch a five-yearly renewal of the top EU jobs and map a future without the UK, ONA reports citing Sputnik.

At their summit in Romania, European leaders revealed a statement guiding of principles for a post-Brexit future, holding out the promise of a "new Union of 27 ready to embrace its future as one".

EU leaders gathered on Thursday with Prime Minister Theresa May conspicuously absent as the United Kingdom, the missing 28th EU member, has yet to complete its divorce from the bloc. This was the third time the leaders gathered without the British prime minister since the Brexit referendum.

Asked whether he wished Theresa May was at the summit, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, said: “I am missing her.”

Before the end of the year, five EU jobs will become vacant, including the presidency of the European Commission, European Central Bank and European Council, currently held by Donald Tusk.

The EU leaders, including the British prime minister, will convene for a special summit on May 28, in the wake of European elections.

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