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European Union eyes United Kingdom offshore financial centres in Brexit talks

European Union eyes United Kingdom offshore financial centres in Brexit talks

Brussels has given its clearest signal that the United Kingdom could change its mind on Brexit and stay in the EU, with European Council president Donald Tusk saying: "Our hearts are still open for you".

Leaders of European Union institutions weighed into a new British debate on whether to hold a second referendum on Brexit by saying yesterday that Britons would be welcome to stay in the EU.

In a statement after the debate, European Parliament officials said: "MEPs cautioned the United Kingdom government not to take a Brexit transition deal for granted, and highlighted the need to formalise the withdrawal agreement as fast as possible".

Referring to a comment about the reversibility of the 2016 referendum vote to leave by Britain's Brexit minister, Tusk then added: "Wasn't it David Davis himself who said "If a democracy can not change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy"?"

Donald Tusk has told Brits "our hearts are still open for you", marking yet another suggestion that the referendum result could be changed.

"He said that our door still remains open, and I hope that will be heard clearly in London, thank you".

"We must maintain the unity of the EU27 in every scenario, and personally I have no doubt that we will".

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MEPs in Strasbourg reserved particular derision for Mrs May's insistence that changing the colour of Britain's burgundy passports back to blue was an expression of post-Brexit "independence and sovereignty".

They predict the United Kingdom would make an additional £433 billion in tariffs imposed on European Union producers if it operated under World Trade Organisation rules, because we import more than we export. "Unless there is a change of heart among our British friends".

However, he also called for more clarity from Theresa May "on the UK's vision" after Brexit.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, added: "I hope that these comments by my colleague, Donald Tusk, are not ignored in London".

European media have reported that leaked draft guidelines given to the EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, include tough new stances on European citizens' rights, and continued EU regulations during the called-for transition period after March 2019, when Britain would become a third country.

Josiah Mortimer, editor of the Left Foot Forward website, which commissioned the poll, said it would make "uncomfortable reading" for both May and Corbyn.

In an exclusive interview with The Guardian newspaper, Johnson said up to 438 million pounds could actually be made every week in the United Kingdom once Brexit was finalised, a figure even higher than his original prediction that had been emblazoned on campaign buses and disproved by experts.