Doubts surface over Britain's EU presidency in 2017

British Prime Minister David Cameron is expected to raise the issue of his country's EU presidency, due to take place in the second half of 2017, at a summit with his 27 EU counterparts on Tuesday, diplomatic sources say.

"I imagine that they will probably want to hand off the presidency to somebody else," an EU diplomat said Monday on condition of anonymity. The issue could be decided at this week's summit, another source said.

EU presidencies change every six months, with Malta in line for the first half of 2017 and Estonia scheduled to take over from Britain. Valletta has already expressed reluctance over extending its stint to a full year.

The presidency schedule needs to be rejigged anyway as it currently does not include Croatia, the European Union's most recent member, the first EU diplomat pointed out.

Last update: Mon, 27/06/2016 - 14:58

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