A policeman stands guard at 10 Downing Street in London March 29 Cheap Air Force 1 Low UK , 2017. British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday signed the Article 50 letter to officially begin Britain's exit from the European Union, nine months after the country voted to leave the EU in a referendum, local media said. (XinhuaHan Yan)

LONDON, March 29 (Xinhua) -- The formal triggering of Article 50 by Britain to quit the European Union (EU) on Wednesday drew mixed reactions on London streets.

"I guess we are all Brexiteers now, but I really wish this had not happened," said Phil Patterson, a teacher from Bermondsey.

"I voted remain Cheap Air Force 1 High Womens UK , but it was a close call for me. In the end, I chose to put security ahead of having our own parliament totally in charge and my views haven't changed since the referendum," he told Xinhua.

Bermondsey is a working class area of London. It is close to the new financial center of Canary Wharf, where international banks and finance institutions employ tens of thousands of workers.

Goldman Sachs announced last week that over the next 18 months, it intended to increase its presence in Frankfurt and Paris as a result of the Brexit process. Goldman Sachs International CEO Richard Gnodde said that the numbers involved were in the hundreds.

But on Friday last week, Deutsche Bank said that it would build a new headquarters in London for its staff, who are currently working at several sites across the city.

Over at Canary Wharf Cheap Air Force 1 High Mens UK , banking employees expressed their opinion to Xinhua about Article 50 on their lunch break.

A financial analyst who have received education in Britain but with an overseas background, who asked not to be named, said that it was unclear how the Brexit process would affect the financial sector.

He added that he believed that London's status as a global financial hub would not be lost, but that it could change.

"We knew this was coming. I'm sure my job is safe, but I wish we hadn't done this. It will make it harder for sure for some businesses in my sector," he said.

Bank worker Louise Davies said she had voted for Brexit and was pleased it had now formally begun.

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Before the Brexit referendum on June 23 last year, experts had predicted that a vote to leave would hit the British economy.

Since June 23, the pound has fallen against foreign currencies, for example the U.S. dollar. It traded at 1.48 U.S. dollars on the night of the referendum and on Wednesday traded at 1.24 U.S. dollars.

This makes British exports cheaper but also makes raw materials and imports more expensive. This has been quickly felt in the economy with inflation now at 2.3 percent on the CPI measure, up from 0.6 percent before the vote.

But the hit to the economy that some experts predicted has not happened, and GDP growth has remained robust, with annualized growth since the June vote at 2.5 percent Cheap Air Force 1 Flyknit Low Womens UK , which is above the long-term trend.

"We were told that leaving would be bad for the economy, but that hasn't happened," said Davies.

Outside a supermarket in Lewisham, a south London borough which voted strongly to remain in the EU and which has significant numbers of immigrants from inside the EU, the Commonwealth and from developing nations, there were supportive reactions to leaving.

Paul Lee, an electrician originally from Wales and working on a major construction project in London Cheap Air Force 1 Flyknit Low Mens UK , said that pay and benefits in his industry had not improved over the past 10 years and had got worse.

He looked to an improvement once Britain was out of the EU.

"I voted to leave, because our jobs have gone to foreigners," he said.

John Royle, a welder, said he was now earning less than 17 years ago and his work contracts were less secure.

"Jobs go to Poles and Romanians," he said, adding that he wanted this to change once Britain was out of the EU.

German authorities arrested a suspected Islamist on Wednesday in connection with an attack on a bus carrying players of one of the country's top soccer teams Cheap Air Force 1 Flyknit Low UK , a spokesperson for the Federal Prosecutor's Office said.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesperson said she was "appalled" by Tuesday evening's attack on the Borussia Dortmund bus, in which Spanish defender Marc Bartra was injured.

The incident forced a 24-hour postponement of the team's high-profile clash with AS Monaco, and officials said security had been stepped up for that game and a second Champions League quarterfinal in Germany on Wednesday, between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

Ralf Jaeger, interior minister in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia which includes Dortmund, said the investigation was looking "in all directions," and it was unclear if one or several attackers were involved.

The spokesperson for the Federal Prosecutors Cheap Air Force 1 Deconstruct UK , who handle probes into suspected terrorism, said investigators had found three letters near the scene of the attack, all with the same content suggesting a possible Islamist motive.

Spokesperson Frauke Koehler said the letters referred to the use of Tornado reconnaissance planes in Syria, which Germany has deployed as part of the military campaign against Islamic State, and also called for the closure of the US military base at Ramstein in western Germany.

She also noted an online claim of responsibility by an anti-fascist group, but said there was serious doubt about its validity. Investigators had identified two suspects from the "Islamist scene," searched their apartments and detained one man Cheap Air Force 1 Black White UK , she said.

The blasts smashed windows on the bus carrying the players to the stadium for the match against AS Monaco. Bartra was operated on for a broken bone in his right wrist and shrapnel in his arm, a team spokesperson said.

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