EU Commissioner Pierre Moscovici for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs addresses a press conference to present the EU's spring 2018 economic forecast, at the European Commission in Brussels, on May 3, 2018. / AFP / Emmanuel DUNAND
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The European Union is expecting strong economic growth this year and next year but predicts that departing Britain will see tougher times ahead.The EU says in its spring economic forecast that growth should be a robust 2.3 percent this year and only ease slightly to 2.0 percent in 2019 for both the 28-nation bloc and the 19-member eurozone of members sharing the same currency.The EU says it expects growth in Britain, which is slated to leave the bloc in March 2019, to stand at 1.5 percent and 1.2 percent this year and next.
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