Britain Relinquishes Rotating EU Presidency In 2017

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(AFP) – Britain will no longer take on the rotating EU presidency as planned next year, relinquishing the role in the wake of the Brexit vote, Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Wednesday.

May informed European Council president Donald Tusk of her decision in a phone call on Tuesday, noting that her government will be “very busy with negotiations to leave the EU”, a spokesman said.