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EU Leaders Push for Brexit 'Divorce' in Meeting With UK's David Cameron


(ABC) -- Anxious European Union leaders today urged U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron to "start the divorce process" in his first meeting with them since last week’s Brexit vote.

"Europe is ready to start the divorce process, even today, without any enthusiasm, as you can imagine," summit host, E.U. President Donald Tusk, told Cameron at their meeting in Belgium.

The meeting with E.U. leaders may well be Cameron's last. Leaders at the summit refused to negotiate with Cameron, who promised his resignation in the wake of the vote, and appeared to want to expedite Britain's departure from the union.

Earlier in the day, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, also expressed the desire for Britain's rapid exit from the EU in a speech to the European Parliament.

“I would like our British friends to tell us what they want, so we can get on with it,” he said.

Before today's meeting in Brussels, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in Berlin Monday that “there will be no formal or informal talks about Britain’s exit” until the British Parliament votes to leave.

French President François Hollande also encouraged the U.K. to make a quick decision.

“Being responsible means not wasting time in engaging with the question of Britain’s departure and setting this new impulse we want to lend the new European Union," he said.

Meanwhile, fallout from the Brexit vote continued to shake Britain's political landscape.

Opposition party leader Jeremy Corbyn lost a Labour Party confidence vote this afternoon in London, garnering the votes of only 40 MPs, compared with the 172 who voted against him for party leader. Corbyn, who was in the "remain in the E.U." camp, rejected the party vote today, saying that he would not step down.

"I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy," he said in a statement. "We are a democratic party, with a clear constitution. Our people need Labour party members, trade unionists and MPs to unite behind my leadership at a critical time for our country."

Critics within his own party blame Corbyn for failing to do enough to persuade Labour supporters to vote “remain” in the referendum.

Corbyn has been defiant in the face of criticism in the wake of the Brexit vote, and has used social media to remind the public of his strength of support among the public. A petition on the website asking voters to pledge their support for Corbyn has received over 200,000 signatures.

Twelve members of Corbyn's shadow cabinet resigned Sunday.

"Following the ballot conducted today, the Parliamentary Labour Party has accepted the following motion: That this PLP has no confidence in Jeremy Corbyn as Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party," the party said in a statement.

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