Brexit, Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, has clearly sparked a diplomatic rift.
Brexit, in a single shot. This morning at the EU summit. pic.twitter.com/1WlKeekRQy
— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) December 15, 2016
May was not ignored for the entire summit—other clips have shown her smiling and talking with other delegates—but the clip encapsulates what the remaining 27 EU-members have said since the June Brexit vote: The EU will remain strong and united without Britain.
The EU has remained resolute over a number of Brexit issues. EU leaders have refused to begin negotiations or discussions until Britain triggers Article 50, the irrevocable move that starts the process of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. May has promised to do so no later than March 2017.
At the European Council meeting in October, Brexit was scheduled as “any other business.” May was permitted to give a “short update on Brexit” during coffee after a working dinner, but other European leaders weren’t allowed to respond to her remarks.
May had at the time asked EU leaders to not hold summits without Britain, but her calls fell on deaf ears. EU leaders have continued to meet informally without Britain to discuss Brexit.