Brexit dominates start of EU leaders summit

East-west clash over migrant issue also casts shadow over day one of summit in EU capital Brussels

Brexit dominates start of EU leaders summit

World Bulletin / News Desk

A European Union leaders' summit kicked off in Brussels on Thursday with the ongoing Brexit talks the highlight of the first day.

Attending the European Council, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said that Brexit would not change the U.K.’s relationship to NATO.

"Brexit just highlights the importance of stronger NATO-EU cooperation, and therefore I welcome that we have been able to lift NATO-EU cooperation up to a new level," he said.

Mentioning the EU's new defense initiative -- the Permanent Structured Cooperation, or PESCO -- the NATO chief said that cooperation had reached "a new level."

Stoltenberg also warned that non-EU allies are key to European security as 80 percent of NATO’s defense expenditures will come from them after Brexit next year.

"It also highlights the importance of strengthening EU-NATO cooperation," he added.

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