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theirfuture, i say i am 90% sure you will be fine. but brexit has made many foreign investors nervous. we are probably looking to set up more offices in the continental europe because of this and as i mentioned earlier, i yesterday had an e—mailfrom mentioned earlier, i yesterday had an e—mail from the germans asking me to move our business there. a lot of people from home were asking me if i felt any hostile environment or anything like that. but, no, to be there, cambridge is a lovely international community. since the exit, it raises uncertainty for members of ourteam, exit, it raises uncertainty for members of our team, they in europe say what will happen in the future? cambridge may boast some of the most intelligent minds in the country but it was the brexiteer is of finland who saw the writing on the wall. more than 71% of people here in wisbech opted to leave the eu and today couldn't come along soon enough. wejust today couldn't come along soon enough. we just got the influx of people coming in and we haven't got the infrastructure, we haven't got enough schools, hospitals and they are overflowing. we have the right
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to rule our own country, we don't wa nt to rule our own country, we don't want others ruling us. i think it is better that we rule ourselves. but for some, the past nine months has prompted a change of heart. last year, we met this family. mum and dad wanted to leave, the children wa nted dad wanted to leave, the children wanted to remain and now rakesh is having second thoughts. my daughter was really disappointed and one of the thing she said to me, she said you have ruined our lives and that is quite hard to take first thing in the morning, you reflect back on it and you think did i make the right decision? it is a fresh start for britain, but we don't know if it is going to be good for businesses, individuals, families. we may now be in the departure lounge as we prepare to leave the eu, but which direction we take remains unknown. we are on board the great britain, brunel‘s day mission, brunel‘s
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the 55 great britain, the steamship in bristol docks and tempting as it is to ring this bell, all it does is squeak, sadly, it doesn't ring, but thousands of people come here every week to have a look around the history and on this historic day, this seems like a good place to come to try to assess what the future is for great britain on the day that article 50 is triggered. now, bristol is an interesting city, because politically, it is very mixed, there are conservative seats , labour seats, there is lib dem, lots of greens on the council as well, and last year, this city by and large, by about 60% plus, voted to remain in the eu, so today, we have been out on the water, around the docks, to see what the feeling is on this day. the 55 great britain, built by brunel, but where is great britain heading now? out. but here in bristol almost two thirds of voters wanted to stay in the eu. on the river taxi, many thought it was a bleak day. idea where it is going, it has no idea what it is doing
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and is not in control of negotiations from now on. the brexitjourney may now be underway, but among remainers we found a sense that all is not lost. so it is going to happen? i do not believe it is, i believe the narrative will change and people's voices will be heard eventually. but they were heard in the referendum? a very mild squeak. it was so close. it was almost 50—50. people may change their minds at the end of the day and then article 50 could be revoked. you're notjust clinging on? it is not a case of clinging on but campaigning on the things you believe are important. traders have sailed into bristol docks for centuries from all over the world. this boat builder has seen orders increase since the referendum due to the fall in the pound. we do not need immigration to come in and take work away from the unskilled. and forjohn the boss, this is a good day for the uk.
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the main reason i am pro—brexit was sovereignty and the second reason, i want to open us up for the rest of the world. back on the ferry and mike the skipper says it is time for both sides to back the government as it steers its way through the negotiations. the thing is it is now fait accompli and we've got to get on with it. whether we like it or not. but in this pro—remain city, many are nervous today. and expect the next couple of years at least to be tough. soteras nervousness here, but a lot of people have also told us they are also feeling quite impatient and thatis also feeling quite impatient and that is on both sides of the debate. a lot of people have said today is important for the politicians to begin these brexit negotiations, article 50 and all of that but when other people, the voters, actually
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going to know what this deal, if any, is going to be, what is it going to be for me and my family let alone this country? two years, a lot of people and said, feels like a very long time and the prospect of it going on maybe beyond two years only adds to that sense of frustration and impatience here at least. jon kay in bristol. the city of london is one of the most important wealth generators notjust in the capital, but for the whole country. it employs around 450,000 people and it's the financial hub of europe. but can it stay at the heart of big finance once britain is outside the eu?. is outside the eu? karl mercer reports. the ancient body that runs the city of london has a motto, which translate as "lord guide us". the local church not going that far today but offering a little comfort for those worried about brexit. because these are the headlines per day at the lastjune's referendum, when the vote to leave seem to catch the city on the hop. this is the
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aftermath of the june brexit vote, 150 all the way down to 130. since then, the pound has stabilised the concerns in the city haven't. worries about london losing business and jobs to other cities persist but this market watcher believes the city will be able to cope. the scale of the changes that are going to be implemented over the course of the next few years are going to be gradual, as opposed to the systemic shock that we got in 2008. we do know that some city firms have already said they may move some stab out of london to other european cities. hsbc have confirmed 1,000 jobs,jp cities. hsbc have confirmed 1,000 jobs, jp morgan reported up to 4,000 and ubs up to 1,500 jobs and morgan sta nley and ubs up to 1,500 jobs and morgan stanley around a thousand. the man who heads up the city of london corporation admits further jobs could go, but how many? 2,000, if we kept the existing level of access to the eu, up to perhaps 75,000 if we didn'tand the eu, up to perhaps 75,000 if we didn't and that is a pretty hefty range and it rather indicates the brexit is rather more important in
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jobs and brexit itself. it may mean, of course, that the uk has the look to other markets in the future but london has faced plenty of challenges in the past. it still has a truly global reputation and paul and has proved resilient in the past. the rest of europe has been eyeing our financial services very enviously and so they are going to try and target ways in which they might be able to take a slice of our pipe. in my judgment, might be able to take a slice of our pipe. in myjudgment, ithink might be able to take a slice of our pipe. in myjudgment, i think that is going to be a fairly small slice, so is going to be a fairly small slice, soi is going to be a fairly small slice, so i think london will be quite resilient, but that is going to be an important feature of these negotiations. the truth is that those working in a city, like the rest of us, that no visual what will happen. the full impact of brexit won't be known for years. christian fraser has been speaking to the former conservative leader and eurosceptic michael howard in westminster. he began by asking him whether he expected the uk to pay to leave brussels. it certainly is and we had a report
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from a select committee of the house of lords the other day which doesn't usually take a eurosceptic line, which says there is no legal basis for any payment at all, so that is something that no doubt will be resolved in the course of the negotiations. you will know, as a former leader, that the prime minister has quite a battle on her hands here. she has a fight in europe, a fight to keep scottish nationalists from taking scotland off into the distance, a fight against the opposition but crucially, a fight with her own backbenchers and the eurosceptics and that is no easy task, is it?m is not an easyjob, being prime minister. she does have all of those battles to fight, but i think conservative members of parliament are grown—ups, they realise there will have to be some compromises in the negotiations and i don't anticipate that she'll have any problem at the end. if a good agreement can be reached. what we have heard from the chancellor of
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the exchequer today and also from the exchequer today and also from the prime minister is a softening of the prime minister is a softening of the position on no deal, that it would be better to walk away from the table with no deal than a bad deal. can you envisage a scenario where no deal would be better than a bad deal? 0h, where no deal would be better than a bad deal? oh, i can, yes, because i very much hope that we will be able to reach a good agreement which will be in the interests of the european union as well as ourselves. i don't think it will be disastrous if we had no deal, so, yes, ithink what the prime minister has said is that no deal is better than a bad deal, i agree with that. how long would you expect it to go on? a lot of people today have said it is impossible to get everything done inside two yea rs. get everything done inside two years. european parliament today has said we must have a limit of three yea rs said we must have a limit of three years on transition, so five years, does that sound doable?|i years on transition, so five years, does that sound doable? i think it can be done within two years, but we shall see. you see, there is a
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lot... we start off with huge advantages. we already have a free trade agreement, in effect, between the united kingdom and the european union, so it is not like some other free trade agreements where you start with a whole load of tariff barriers and you have to discuss which ones you will dismantle and to what extent. we start with a free—trade area, so that should be relatively easy, quick and straightforward. i think it can be done within two years and, look, there will be all sorts of bumps along the way and people predicting difficulties and dramas and all sorts of depressing consequences. i think we need to hold our nerve. amber road has said tonight, the home secretary, that we pay the most amount of money into europe, the european police force, and if we ta ke european police force, and if we take our money, we take our information as well and some people raised an eyebrow at that. that is the sort of spirit that could drag these negotiations into the mire, isn't it? i certainly hope we will find a sensible agreement with europe all. but threatening european
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security as part of the deal is surely not part of it? i think she was just stating the obvious but i hope we can have a good deal on europol, as we can on everything else. former conservative party leader eurosceptic michael howard. vicki young is at westminster. for you, what were the highlights of what we joined today —— learn today? i think the letter and its tone is interesting. i think they are being very careful about the language because they are talking about a deep and special partnership, i think four orfive times, deep and special partnership, i think four or five times, that appears in the letter and the point really from the british government being that we are notjust any old third country trying to get a deal here, we are a country that has been closely cooperating and entwined with you for over 40 years. now, of course, that also means that getting out of that and unravelling it all is going to be difficult but i think one of the passages in the letter that was interesting was where
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theresa may said... now, what she is talking about that issue have the divorce settlement, if you like, thatis divorce settlement, if you like, that is one thing, so we might be given a bill for a certain amount of money, certain billion pounds of euros that we may have to pay. there will be talk about the rights of eu citizens living here, that kind of thing, but there is also our future relationship. the prime minister wa nts relationship. the prime minister wants those to run in parallel, she makes that very clear in that letter. we have to see whether the eu agree on all of that. secondly is this talk we have been hearing about a lot, the idea that there may be no deal at all. theresa may makes it very clear that even though she said no deal is better than a bad deal, she makes it very clear this letter that this is not what she wants and both side should be aiming to avoid that scenario and she also says in security terms, failure to reach agreement would mean our cooperation in the fight against crime and terrorism would be weakened. now, that has been seen by some in the eu
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as some kind of threat, that we won't give them their expertise in that area. downing street categorically denies that and says they will be going into this in very positive terms. vicki young, thank you very much, in westminster. so as brexit gets under way, what will it mean for all of us? tonight, at 8:30 here on bbc news, we'll have a special bbc ask this on the triggering of article 50, where you can put your questions to our panel of experts. please get in touch — you can text us or send an email, or contact us via twitter using the hashtag #bbcaskthis. let's find out what the weather has in store and join darren for the forecast. thank you very much. good evening, somewhat warm weather on the way for somewhat warm weather on the way for some of us somewhat warm weather on the way for some of us tomorrow. somewhat warm weather on the way for some of us tomorrow. tonight, we have got cloud, some outbreaks of rain and initially, that rain could be quite heavy as it runs across scotla nd be quite heavy as it runs across scotland and later in the night, rain heading up from the south—west, flirting with the south—east of england, heading into the midlands but throughout, a lot of cloud,
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which will be mild but this time of the year, 11 or 12 as a minimum. as we go to the day, the rain clearing away from the midlands and the main focus of the rain will be across areas close to the irish sea. we will see rain moving away from wales towards north—west england up towards north—west england up towards southern scotland and eastern parts of northern ireland but across a good part of england and wales, as it brightens up, we get sunshine and it will get much warmer and a possible 22 degrees on thursday afternoon. on friday, we still have rain around, mainly close to that low pressure, running away from northern ireland, wales, heading across north—west england and into scotland. the weather front very weak, not much rain in the south—east at all. slightly fresher aircoming in behind south—east at all. slightly fresher air coming in behind that but also, some lovely sunshine. hello and welcome to a special edition of 100 days —
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i'm christian fraser live from westminster on this the day, the british government begins the process of leaving the european union. an official hand delivered letter to the eu formally triggers a two year countdown to brexit. this is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back. britain is leading the european union. so here it is. the president of the eu says his priority is to defend the remaining member states. brexit has made as a community of 27 more determined and more


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