Europe

EU moves summit away from British referendum date

  • Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron holds a Q&A with employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Birmingham,  central England  Tuesday April 5, 2016 ahead of the EU referendum, British Prime Minister David Cameron was under pressure Tuesday April 5, 2016 to crack down on offshore tax havens, after a leak of millions of documents disclosed details of the asset-hiding arrangements of wealthy people including his late father. (Christopher Furlong/PA via AP)  UNITED KINGDOM OUT

    Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron holds a Q&A with employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Birmingham, central England Tuesday April 5, 2016 ahead of the EU referendum, British Prime Minister David Cameron was under pressure Tuesday April 5, 2016 to crack down on offshore tax havens, after a leak of millions of documents disclosed details of the asset-hiding arrangements of wealthy people including his late father. (Christopher Furlong/PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT  (The Associated Press)

  • Speech notes lay on the table as Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses students at Exeter University in Exeter, England, Thursday April 7, 2016. Cameron said he will "make no apology" for spending more than 9 million pounds (12.6 million dollars US) of taxpayers' money on a pro-EU publicity drive ahead of the referendum on Britain's future membership. (Dan Kitwood / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES

    Speech notes lay on the table as Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron addresses students at Exeter University in Exeter, England, Thursday April 7, 2016. Cameron said he will "make no apology" for spending more than 9 million pounds (12.6 million dollars US) of taxpayers' money on a pro-EU publicity drive ahead of the referendum on Britain's future membership. (Dan Kitwood / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES  (The Associated Press)

The European Union has postponed its summer summit by a week so it will not coincide with the June 23 British referendum on continued EU membership.

Originally, the 28 leaders would have had the first day of their two-day gathering on referendum day. Instead the office of EU President Donald Tusk announced Friday the days were moved to June 28-29 instead.

The British referendum has become a key day in the EU because a possible departure of Britain would have a fundamental political and economic impact on the bloc.