David Cameron given the cold shoulder
It will be the first time that Britain has been barred from taking part in a leaders' summit.
LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron is to be excluded today as his 27 European Union counterparts seek a unified strategy following the UK's Brexit vote.
It will be the first time that Britain has been barred from taking part in a leaders' summit and is being seen as a further move by the EU to distance the UK from the trading bloc.
Having received a frosty reception from some European Union partners yesterday as the EU opened its latest two-day leaders' summit, Cameron will be shunned completely today.
Leaders from the Union's 27 remaining nations are meeting behind closed doors after officially abandoning the summit programme a day early.
They have instead called a private meeting, to which the UK hasn't been invited.
Britain looks set to be handed a further snub as the EU hastily redrafts its rotating timetable that sees individual nations take over the presidency of the powerful European Council.
The six-month presidency is due to transfer to the UK next July but EU sources suggest Britain's duties will now be passed elsewhere in the Union.