France to set out post-Brexit EU vision in September

AFP| Updated: Jul 06, 2016, 22:58 PM IST

France will set out its vision for a revamped EU just as a new British prime minister takes office in September in the wake of the Brexit vote, Paris said Wednesday.

President Francois Hollande asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls "to prepare a French proposal for the (European) summit in September... for what might be called a new start for Europe", according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. 

The summit in Bratislava on September 16 will come just days after Britain`s Conservative Party announces the results of a ballot to elect a new party leader and prime minister to replace David Cameron on September 9.

The French proposals will focus on border protection, investment and issues affecting young people, Le Foll said, while ruling out the creation of any new treaties.

Following the June 23 referendum in which Britain voted to leave the EU, London has yet to formally begin its withdrawal process, with Prime Minister David Cameron saying that his successor should handle it.

Since the Brexit vote, European leaders have been divided, with some calling for greater integration while others demanding the return of certain powers to member states.

European leaders will meet - without Britain - in Bratislava for an informal summit to discuss the future of the bloc.