>> European Union leaders are meeting in Brussels on Tuesday and Wednesday to try and cope with the aftermath of Britain's shock vote to leave the Union. I am Paul Taylor, Reuters European Affairs editor in Brussels, where officials are puzzling over what the future relationship could be between Britain and its erstwhile European partners.
>> What doesn't kill you makes you stronger.>> Could there be a new template, a kind of membership minus or associate membership? Well, there are people, not in government but outside, who are thinking about whether there could be a third way. They make the point that there's no other country that is the equivalent of Britain.
There's no other country that has left before. So, the argument goes, Britain needs a special deal, a
deal, as they say in Latin. It could be access to all of the EU agencies and policies which the British tend to like on things like science and development in return for a payment.
They've even talked about the idea of British observers who could attend meetings with these bodies, but would not be allowed to vote in them. The problem with that, of course, is they're worried stiff in Brussels that there could be copycats. If Britain gets that sort of a deal, what's to stop The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, Poland, say, saying, well we want some of that too?
And then you could easily imagine how that might lead to an unraveling of the EU.