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European shares slip on recession, Brexit worries

European shares slip on recession, Brexit worries
FILE PHOTO: The German share price index DAX graph is pictured at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, Germany, August 28, 2019. REUTERS/Staff   -   Copyright  STAFF(Reuters)
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(Reuters) – European stocks were slightly lower in early trading on Thursday, as fears of a global recession and the impact of a disorderly Brexit kept investors away from risky assets.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson decided to suspend Britain’s parliament for more than a month before Brexit, a move that will limit the time opponents have to derail a disorderly Brexit and increases the chance that Johnson could face a vote of no-confidence in his government.

However, the fall in the pound helped Britain’s FTSE 100 <.FTSE> rise 0.14% and outperform the pan-European STOXX 600 index <.STOXX>, which was flat by 0710 GMT.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration on Wednesday officially stamped its extra 5% tariff on $300 billion in Chinese imports and set collection dates of Sept. 1 and Dec. 15, the latest move in a trade war between the two countries that has entered its second year.

British IT group Micro Focus <MCRO.L> slumped 24% after it warned on profit, citing lower spending by clients.

(Reporting by Amy Caren Daniel in Bengaluru; Editing by Bernard Orr)

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