Italy's Renzi: Brexit is not the end for the European Union

The European Union will not unravel after Britain's momentous decision to leave the bloc, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says.

"A lot of people thought that after Brexit, it would be over for Europe. That's not the case," Renzi says while hosting a summit with German and French counterparts.

"We respect the choice of British citizens but we want to write a new chapter" for the EU, Renzi says, mentioning greater defence and intelligence cooperation as "absolute priorities."

He adds that "in the wake of Brexit, we need strong measures to support growth and fight youth unemployment, [we need] quality investment matched by structural reforms."

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