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Britain shifts focus to growth as it girds for Brexit talks

The talks are taking place three months after Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered the two-year Brexit timetable.”Leaving gives us the opportunity to forge a bright new future for the United Kingdom – one where we are free to control our borders, pass our own laws and do what independent sovereign countries do”.Share with Us – We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article, and smart, constructive criticism.But the turmoil of the euro zone crisis, fears in Britain about immigration and a series of miscalculations by former Prime Minister David Cameron prompted Britain to vote by 52 to 48 percent for Brexit in a June 23 referendum past year.He said: “If we work seriously, I see neither the usefulness nor the interest of pushing back this date. Why?”Significant progress in talks on the budget and citizens’ rights issue, as well as on issues around the new EU-UK land border in Ireland, would allow EU leaders to give Barnier a mandate by December to discuss a future, close relationship and, potentially, years of transition after 2019 to smooth its way.The British government’s Office for Exiting the European Union confirmed the date in an official announcement from London.The Conservatives are still negotiating with the Democratic Unionist Party over whether their 10 MPs will support the Tories’ minority government.HSBC, which has 43,000 employees in Britain, said in January that it was planning to move “activities covered specifically by European financial regulation” to the EU, which would shift about 1,000 jobs out of the UK.British Prime Minister Theresa May has called on the European Union to issue a sweeping, reciprocal guarantee of rights for British expatriates living in the European Union after Brexit.The chancellor of the exchequer was asked whether he favored a softer version of Brexit – such as British membership of the EU single market or of a customs union.The extent of Britain’s exit bill needs to be decided, with the EU27 expected to seek tens of billions of euros they see as London’s fair share of programmes to which it has committed.After voters rejected that request, the Brexit talks start Monday lacking clarity on what the exact nature of the UK’s departure from Europe will be.”Our view is that a withdrawal agreement and terms of the future relationship must be agreed alongside each other”, a spokesman for Britain’s Brexit ministry said.