All 28 EU leaders are meeting for the first time since the UK voted to leave the EU today.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will join UK Prime Minister David Cameron and 26 other heads of state and government in Brussels for a two-day summit later today.
The fallout from last week’s Brexit result is a top priority on the agenda, however the UK is not expected to formally start proceedings on withdrawing from the union.
A consensus among EU states is that the UK should trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty as soon as possible in order for negotiations on a future relationship outside the EU to begin.
However, there a British politicians who say there is ‘no rush’ in starting Article 50, but with the European leaders looking over their shoulders the pressure increases.
A new prime minister has yet to be elected in place of David Cameron.
Many have placed their names in the pot for the race for Number 10, so it should be noted that nothing can move on until a new leader is selected.