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European Union leaders pledge success as a 27-nation bloc, leave Britain's seat empty

European Union leaders pledge success as a 27-nation bloc, leave Britain's seat empty

European Union leaders Wednesday put a brave face on Britain’s decision to leave the common market, insisting that the 27 nations remaining in the bloc can succeed despite the departure of its second-largest economy.

The presidents and prime ministers at the second day of an EU summit in Brussels pointedly left Britain’s seat at the meeting table empty -- a potent symbol of change as they cobbled together common policies on dealing with the aftermath of country’s announced plans to leave the group.

The 27 leaders said they would take a firm line with Britain in separation negotiations and under no circumstances...

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