Europe

Divisiong, confusion as EU rethinks future without Britain

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media during an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. EU heads of state and government meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels for the first time since Britain voted to leave the European Union, throwing British and European politics into disarray. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    British Prime Minister David Cameron addresses the media during an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. EU heads of state and government meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Brussels for the first time since Britain voted to leave the European Union, throwing British and European politics into disarray. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)  (The Associated Press)

  • European Council President Donald Tusk listens to questions during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. European Union leaders began plotting a future without Britain on Tuesday, urging the island nation and economic powerhouse to disentangle itself as fast as possible from the other 27 nations in the bloc to avoid extending the turmoil that has been roiling European and global markets. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

    European Council President Donald Tusk listens to questions during a media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Tuesday, June 28, 2016. European Union leaders began plotting a future without Britain on Tuesday, urging the island nation and economic powerhouse to disentangle itself as fast as possible from the other 27 nations in the bloc to avoid extending the turmoil that has been roiling European and global markets. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)  (The Associated Press)

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. European Union leaders are meeting without Britain for the first time since the British referendum to rethink their bloc and keep it from disintegrating after Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave. (AP Photo/Geoffroy Van der Hasselt)

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. European Union leaders are meeting without Britain for the first time since the British referendum to rethink their bloc and keep it from disintegrating after Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave. (AP Photo/Geoffroy Van der Hasselt)  (The Associated Press)

EU leaders are meeting without Britain for the first time to rethink their union and keep it from disintegrating after Britain's unprecedented vote to leave.

Divisions between the EU founders and newer countries in the east threaten to complicate any bold new plans at Wednesday's meeting.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte says: "It's not only the British voters who have doubts about European cooperation. There is skepticism in many other EU countries."

Other EU countries are now facing calls, especially from the far right, for referendums on quitting the bloc. The 27 remaining EU members are also divided over how to deal with migration, which was a major issue in Britain's vote last week.

British Prime Minister David Cameron left Brussels Tuesday night without any clear divorce plan.