European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, left, and European Council President Donald Tusk prepare to leave after a final media conference at an EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday, June 29, 2016. (Geoffroy Van der Hasselt)
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European Union leaders met for the first time without Britain Wednesday less than a week after it voted to leave, delivering a tough message that London can access the bloc's lucrative single market only if it agrees to allow free movement for EU workers.Britain's giant financial services sector, roughly 8 percent of economy, relies crucially on access to the EU market.Cameron, staying on as caretaker until a successor is found, told EU leaders at his final summit with them Tuesday that he believed the referendum was lost over the principle of unrestricted travel among EU citizens.But free movement of workers is one of "four freedoms" – along with movement of capital, goods and services – that the EU says must be maintained by any country that wants access to its common market.Former London Mayor Boris Johnson, who led the Leave camp and is bookmakers' favorite to succeed Cameron, has suggested Britain could have full market access, including for the vital financial sector, without having EU rules enforced by the European Court of Justice or paying as much as London does now into the EU budget.
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