Furious European leaders today told Britain it must ‘urgently’ trigger the formal process of leaving the EU today, despite David Cameron insisting the Government will wait until October. 

As they scrambled to save the EU project at an emergency meeting in Berlin, the foreign ministers from the six founding member states increased the pressure on the UK Government to enter talks over the complex process of separation immediately.

They also discussed plans to combat the contagion of Britain’s historic Brexit vote spreading across Europe over fears that Britain’s departure threatens the future of the EU altogether.

In a sign of the hostilities to come European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker warned Britain not to expect an ‘amicable divorce,’ adding: ‘It was not exactly a tight love affair anyway.’

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