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UK to relinquish European Council presidency in wake of Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told the European Council president,Donald Tusk, that the U.K. will not take up its scheduled rotating presidencyof the council in the second half of 2017, CityA.M. reported July 20, citing a Downing Street spokesman.

May said the country will be busy with negotiations for theU.K.'s departure from the EU, the report noted. Estonia, which had beenscheduled to take the six-month presidency in the first half of 2018, will stepinto the U.K.'s slot.

The presidency position is held by all the 28 EU membercountries in turns.