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Spanish PM Rajoy to host meeting of Southern European leaders over Brexit

Staff Writer |
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will host a meeting here with leaders from France, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Cyprus, and Malta on April 10 to discuss the effects of Britain's forthcoming exit from the European Union (EU).

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The news of the meeting was reported in the Spanish press the day after British Prime Minister Theresa May officially triggered Article 50, setting in motion the two-year negotiation process which will end in Britain leaving the EU.

The meeting will be the third meeting of southern European counties following those held on Athens in September 2016 and in Lisbon on Jan. 28 this year.

It also follows French President Francois Hollande's recent visit to Malaga for the Spain-France bilateral summit on Feb. 20, during which he and Rajoy discussed plans for increased European cooperation and unity issues such as fiscal policy.

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