Turkey: 12,800 police officers suspended


Story highlights

  • The number of officers suspended amounts to about 18% of the national police force
  • Turkey is purging institutions of anyone suspected of ties to cleric Fethullah Gulen

Of the 12,801 suspended police officers, 2,523 of them are ranking officers, Anadolu reports.

Ankara has accused Gulen, a reclusive cleric who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 1999, of having masterminded the failed coup attempt.

Gulen, who has a loyal following of supporters in Turkey and across the world, has repeatedly denied any involvement in the July 15 uprising, which left 270 people dead, including 24 accused in the plot.

Sweeping crackdown

Turkey declared a state of emergency in the wake of the failed coup, and has pursued a sweeping purge to rid the armed forces, the police, the education system, the media and the judiciary of anyone suspected of being a Gulenist.

More than 81,000 people were dismissed from various Turkish institutions in the immediate aftermath of the failed coup.

Other dismissed mayors included those with alleged links to the banned Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK.

State of emergency extended

On Monday, Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said the current state of emergency — which allows the government to rule by decrees without seeking parliamentary approval — would be extended for three more months.

Turkey has shut down more than 2,000 institutions linked to Gulen, whose movement has founded hundreds of secular co-ed schools, free tutoring centers, hospitals and relief agencies.

What happens to looted art?


But away from the big screen, art looting is big business.

From Vincenzo Peruggia, the man who stole the Mona Lisa in 1911 through to Adam Worth, the master criminal who is thought to be the inspiration behind “Moriarty” in Arthur Conan Doyle’s tales of Sherlock Holmes, art thieves have been pursued across the world by police and detectives.

The artworks were taken from Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum in December of 2002 by thieves who broke into the building using a ladder to access the roof.

Not all artworks are recovered. Caravaggio’s Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence, which was taken from an oratory in Palermo in 1969, has yet to be found.

But it’s not alone — there are plenty of paintings which have disappeared — and others which have made an unlikely return.

Madonna with the Yarnwinder

Joe Hay, security guard at the National Gallery of Scotland, stands beside the Leonardo da Vinci painting "Madonna Of The Yarnwinder"

Back in 2003, the $45-50 million Leonard Da Vinci painting ‘Madonna with the Yarnwinder’ was stolen from the Duke of Buccleuch’s home in Scotland. The painting was recovered in 2007 but the duke died a month before it was recovered.

Daring heist

President of the Buehrle Foundation museum Lukas Gloor and Zurich police hold a press conference after two of the four stolen paintings were retrieved
In 2008, four masterpieces by Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet were stolen by masked raiders at the Buehrle Foundation museum in Switzerland.

The four paintings, “Poppies near Vetheuil” by Monet, “Count Lepic and his Daughters” by Degas, “Blossoming Chestnut Branch” by Van Gogh and “Boy in a Red Waistcoat” by Cezanne were estimated to be worth a combined $64 million.

Police recovered two of the four paintings a short time later — the works by Monet and van Gogh. The Degas was retrieved with slight damage in 2012 and the Cezanne was found in Serbia in the same year.

The Duke

Experts discuss thre condition of Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington

Francisco Goya’s painting, “Portrait of the Duke of Wellington” was stolen in 1961 and was missing for four years. A retired bus driver Kempton Bunton later confessed to the crime and was jailed for three months. The painting was recovered.

“I went up to it, took hold of it, and carried it back to the toilet,” he told the police.

“I climbed over the wall, still holding the picture in one hand … I put the picture on the back seat of the car and drove back to [his furnished room in] Grafton Street. I then put the picture under my bed.”

Picasso’s hairdresser

"The Hairdresser" by Pablo Picasso went missing in 2001.
Picasso’s “La Coiffeuse” (“The Hairdresser”) was discovered missing in 2001 and was recovered when it was shipped from Belgium to the United States in December 2014.

The shipper said it was a $37 piece of art being sent to the United States as a Christmas present. It was actually a stolen Picasso, missing for more than a decade and worth millions of dollars.

Lost work of Renoir

An art lover examines the tiny work by Renoir
A Renoir painting finished in the 1800s, loaned to a museum, reported stolen in 1951 and then bought at a flea market in 2010 has to be returned to the museum, a judge ruled on January 10, 2014.

The tiny painting, titled “Landscape on the Banks of the Seine,” was bought for $7 at a flea market by a Virginia woman. The estimated value at the time of its recovery was between $75,000 and $100,000.

Seven stolen

 "Charing Cross Bridge, London" (1901) by Claude Monet
Seven famous paintings were stolen from the Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2012, including Claude Monet’s “Charing Cross Bridge, London.”

The paintings, in oil and watercolor, include Pablo Picasso’s “Harlequin Head,” Henri Matisse’s “Reading Girl in White and Yellow,” Lucian Freud’s “Woman with Eyes Closed” and Claude Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge”. Works by Gauguin and Meyer de Haan were also taken.

Several people were convicted in connection with the theft but the paintings have not been found.

The Don

Eight months after Salvador Dali’s “Cartel de Don Juan Tenorio” was stolen in a New York gallery, a Greek national was indicted on a grand larceny charge in 2013.

Nazi looting

Among their many crimes, the Nazis plundered precious artworks as they gained power during World War II. “Adele Bloch-Bauer I,” by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, was confiscated from the owner when he fled from Austria.

It is currently in New York’s Neue Galerie.

Many works of art that were taken by the Nazis were never recovered. Others were returned after years of legal battles.

“Christ Carrying the Cross,” by Italian artist Girolamo de’ Romani, was returned to his family in 2012.

The Scream

"The Scream" was one of two Edvard Munch paintings that were stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, in 2004
“The Scream” was one of two Edvard Munch paintings that were stolen from the Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, in 2004.

Three men pulled off the raid in broad daylight before being arrested in 2006.

“I was walking down the road with two friends when the sun set; suddenly, the sky turned as red as blood,” Munch wrote, describing how the idea for the painting came about.

“I stopped and leaned against the fence, feeling unspeakably tired. Tongues of fire and blood stretched over the bluish black fjord. My friends went on walking, while I lagged behind, shivering with fear. Then I heard the enormous, infinite scream of nature.”

Minister slammed for sharing GIF labeled racist


Story highlights

  • Theo Francken, state secretary for asylum and migration, shared clip on Facebook
  • Several Belgian lawmakers criticize post featuring Francken arresting a migrant

A video shows the official, Theo Francken, with his face digitally edited over that of a police officer’s while being lowered from a helicopter and placing a suction cup on the head of a black man. The man is arrested and lifted into the sky. The clip is followed by the tag line: “Tolerance Zero.”

RTBF, the public broadcasting radio station in Belgium, reported that Francken posted it on Facebook with the comment: “Look what I found, zero tolerance, it’s amusing.”
The post has been deleted from Francken’s Facebook page, but at the time of publishing, the minister had it favorited in his liked tweets.

In a statement Thursday to CNN, Francken said he didn’t intend to hurt anyone by sharing the clip and didn’t understand the reaction. “I do not want to be drawn into the excitement of the day,” he said, explaining why he later removed the post.

The creator of the GIF told CNN he was surprised to see it used politically. “The original message has taken (on) a whole new meaning,” Roberto Salvador said.

He explained the GIF was inspired after reading an article in Le Vif magazine about Francken’s “excessive” use of force while detaining undocumented African immigrants in Brussels’ working-class neighborhood of Molenbeek.

“The media quickly talked about ‘racist video,’ but it is purely contextual,” he said.

Several lawmakers publicly criticized Francken for the post.

Lawmaker Ahmed Laaouej of the Belgian Socialist Party told CNN that racism is a problem in his country. “In Belgium, the trivialization of racism at the highest levels of the state has become a reality,” he said. “It is a wound that will be difficult to heal.”

Laaouej also posted on Twitter to express his anger: “You think this is funny? You make us vomit, Mr Francken.”

Catherine Fonck of the Humanist Democratic Centre party called Francken’s behavior unacceptable. “It is the responsibility of the Prime Minister to guarantee impeccable behavior of the members of his government,” Fonck told CNN. “It really is not funny at all despite what the minister said.”

Ryder Cup: Europe cuts US lead


Darren Clarke’s defending champions battled back from the ignominy of a 4-0 whitewash in the morning foursomes matches at Hazeltine to end the opening day of the team contest just two points behind after rallying in the fourballs contests.

It was the first time the Americans had swept the opening session of the biennial competition since 1975 — and any session since 1981.

However, the European team has won six of the last seven titles despite not having won the opening session since 2006.

Nonetheless, US captain Davis Love III will take great encouragement as he plots his tactics and player combinations for Saturday’s foursomes and fourballs in Minnesota.

Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed showed the way as they disposed of Olympic champion Justin Rose and British Open winner Henrik Stenson 3 & 2 in the first completed match of the day as mist and fog gave way to bright sunshine. However, they had less success in the fourballs, being crushed 5 & 4 by the Brit and Swede.

Zach Johnson and Jimmy Walker made it 2-0 to the US, beating Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer 4 & 2.

US Open champ Dustin Johnson bounced back from missing out on a $10 million FedEx Cup jackpot at the Tour Championship as he and Matt Kuchar thrashed English Ryder Cup veteran Lee Westwood and Belgian rookie Thomas Pieters 5 & 4.

Phil Mickelson and Rickie Fowler clinched the whitewash against FedEx champ Rory McIlroy and English rookie Andy Sullivan, coming from behind to win 1 up.

Fowler described it as “a huge match” for the duo — he had never won in eight previous Ryder Cup matches, while Mickelson spent much of the week embroiled in debate about past controversies involving the US team.

“Both of us had a lot on our back out there this morning,” Fowler told CNN. “Not the start we wanted to get off to early in the match but we showed a lot of heart with a big comeback at the end, and I’m proud of my partner.”

They had trailed by two after 14 holes, but leveled and then took the lead on 17 when Sullivan found the water hazard.

“I fed off of Rickie today because I was playing a bit tight, I needed a little bit off assistance and he sensed that, he said the right things,” Mickelson, playing his 11th Ryder Cup, told CNN.

“That’s why we have a good rapport. We’ve known each other for a long time and played matches together for a long time, so we know when someone’s feeling a bit down to give them a bump up, and when someone’s feeling excited — like when Rickie made that putt after 16, I grabbed him and slowed him down.”

Mickelson sat out the afternoon session as Love opted to give all of his 12 players some action Friday.

Clarke, a four-time winner as a player for Europe, left two of his six rookies — Englishmen Chris Wood and Matthew Fitzpatrick — on the bench for the fourballs.

Rose and Stenson led the comeback with the opening point, but Brandt Snedeker — recalled after missing the 2014 defeat — and debutant Brooks Koepka thrashed two-time major winner Kaymer and new partner Danny Willett.

Willett, who won his first major title at April’s Masters, received predictable flak from the crowd following the article his brother wrote during the week that labeled US fans as “imbeciles.”

The veteran Garcia — this time teamed with fellow Spaniard Rafael Cabrera-Bello, making his debut — won 3 & 2 against the new US pairing of Ryan Moore and JB Holmes to close the gap once again.

McIlroy and Pieters then wrapped up the day with a 3 & 2 victory over Dustin Johnson and Kuchar, keeping Europe in touch.

“We were bitterly disappointed at lunchtime,” Clarke told UK broadcaster Sky Sports. “They just didn’t play the way we know they can play this morning. America did, that’s the beauty of matchplay golf.

“To put in a performance like that this afternoon was scintillating. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

Love, captaining the US for the second time after defeat in 2012, had been wary of getting too excited when talking to CNN after the opening session, stressing that there was “a lot of golf still to play.”

He told Sky at the end of play: “We had a great morning, we got beat by a team playing unbelievable golf this afternoon. Everyone was under par, they didn’t play bad — they just didn’t play great. The Europeans played great.”

Why did Iceland's capital go dark?


Story highlights

  • Street lights were cut off for about an hour
  • The spectacular phenomenon was seen across the capital, as well as parts of the UK
The city council ordered street lights to be turned off in most neighborhoods for an hour Wednesday night to help improve the visibility of the Northern Lights spectacle. Residents were also encouraged to turn off the lights in their homes to help reduce light pollution in the city. The council also urged motorists to take care while driving.

People took to social media to share pictures of the natural phenomenon, with skies tinted green, blue and purple.

But it wasn’t just Iceland that got to experience the illuminations, some areas in the United Kingdom also caught a glimpse of the dazzling skies.

Photographer Stephen Wallace posted a picture on Twitter of the lights in Northern Ireland.

The lights were also visible in Northumberland in northeast England.

The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis appear in the sky over Bamburgh lighthouse at stag Rock in Northumberland.
The best time in Iceland to see the Northern Lights, which are triggered by solar particles entering the Earth’s atmosphere, is from October to March.

Rosetta: Orbiter to be parked on comet surface


It’s difficult — but the Rosetta mission has continued to surprise and delight those who have followed its epic 12-year, comet-chasing journey.

Collected in the wall of pits on the comet’s surface, scientists believe they may be the original pieces of material that bonded together to form the body and date to when the solar system was young.

ESA describes the latest phase as the “biggest challenge yet” as it tries to maneuver the orbiter into position for the descent and impact on the comet on September 30.

The agency says Rosetta will try to gather images and other data on the gas, dust and plasma very close to the comet.

Rosetta has already returned spectacular images and science discoveries from Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko as it followed its orbit around the sun.

Philae lander finds 16 organic compounds on comet
And millions followed the drama when the landing craft Philae separated from Rosetta and bounced across the comet after its thruster and grappling harpoons designed to anchor it to the surface failed in November 2014. The accident proved to be something of a blessing though as Philae was able to carry out some of its objectives in two locations.

The instruments discovered 16 organic compounds, including four that had been never detected on comets, before Philae’s batteries drained. Scientists were excited by the results because some of those chemicals form the building blocks of the ingredients for life.

Mission controllers believed Philae was trapped under a cliff but were unable to find exactly where it ended up after going silent in its resting place.

Philae found

Then just weeks ago Philae returned from the cosmic dead when scientists had a stroke of luck. After months of searching they discovered the probe with their last opportunity to photograph from Rosetta a possible location for the craft.

Space probe finds lost Philae lander on comet

It’s important too because as lander system engineer Laurence O’Rourke explained, they now have “perfect contextual data” for the measurements Philae made.

“It couldn’t have been in a more difficult location — quite literally between a rock and a hard place,” he told CNN.

But the engineer said he was thrilled to find out the fate of Philae after working on the campaign for so long.

“It was like drinking a gallon of adrenaline,” O’Rourke said. “I was astounded by the quality of the picture. It was magnificent.”

Now mission controllers are preparing for the last act at 67P.

“We are not trying to gain science from hitting the comet,” said O’Rourke. “We are trying to gain science before we hit it.

“This is a controlled descent and impact.”

Rosetta and the Philae Lander: A love affair 300 million miles away

Now that the comet and the orbiter have traveled so far away from the sun there will come a point where there isn’t enough solar power to run the heaters and computers.

O’Rourke told CNN that as the probe would die anyway the decision was made to try to capture more data including very high resolution images of the pit structures.

“We don’t have enough power to keep it alive. We wanted to take control of the end,” he said.

The engineer said he would miss the mission, especially the public enthusiasm for Rosetta but added: “The legacy will be there for many generations.”

‘Astonishing’ mission

Astronomer Dan Brown, who lectures at Nottingham Trent University in the UK, said the Rosetta mission had been an “astonishing” engineering feat but also inspirational.

“The Rosetta mission has helped us gain an insight into the activity of comets, how comets were created and to some extent if they could have been the source for water on our early Earth,” he told CNN.

Opinion: How comet mission helps in search for alien life

“The presence of complex molecules, some of which previously unknown to exist on comets, still allows comets to be a possible source of introducing complex molecules and enable the formation of life on Earth.

“The image that does it for me is seeing the surface of the comet and the lander together. Such imagery inspires as much as the Moon landings and drives us to go and discover, achieve and face challenges on our never-ending quest for knowledge.”

The end of the mission also brings to a close the Twitter chat that has endeared followers to Rosetta and Philae, and their surreal and strangely touching conversations, especially when the landing craft bounced and disappeared.

Asked if he would change anything, O’Rourke said: “Philae couldn’t have been designed better than it was … but I think I would have added LEDs that flash so it could have been detected wherever it landed.”

Lost ship raised to surface after 85 years


The Maud was one of three iconic ships built for Amundsen’s expeditions, alongside Gjøa and Fram, which are today on display at the Fram Museum in Oslo, Norway.

After six years of work, the team of Norwegians behind the project were able to do what was attempted in the 1990s but ended in failure — they raised the Maud after 85 years on the Canadian seabed.

Despite decades under water, the Maud is expected to have maintained much of its integrity.

The Maud was launched on June 7, 1917, in Vollen, near Oslo. The vessel was christened by Amundsen. The renowned explorer later captained the ship during an expedition to the Northeast Passage above Russia. The Maud was then sold in 1925 and by 1931 she had sunk after getting trapped in ice. The Maud had been lying in Cambridge Bay ever since.

Project manager Jan Wanggaard described the moment he saw The Maud rising to the surface.

“In one moment all our questions diluted into silence and I let myself sink slowly down to greet the old lady Maud, who finally had let go. She was free again after all these years,” said Wanggaard.

Ship rose ‘like a Queen’

.”She came, slowly, with grace, just like a Queen would,” he added.

An aerial shot shows the Maud rising from the seabed.

The process of bringing the Maud back to the surface involved a lot of rope and large airbags. After an unsuccessful attempt to lift the ship in 2015, the team returned this summer with more flotation devices.

A huge part of the work involved cleaning out the inside of the ship. “Tons of mud has been dug out from every room inside the old ship. It’s been an exciting process despite being very dirty and tiring,” Wanggaard said.

A major part of the project involved cleaning out debris from inside the sunken ship.

The team are now one step closer to bringing their national treasure home. The Maud is expected to begin the journey back to Norway by summer 2017. That slow, final journey will cover 3,700 nautical miles (7,000 kilometers).

Wanggaard sees the project as an important success.

“The Maud expedition story, and the story of Amundsen himself, is powerful and full of endless tales about human beings with strong will and courage to push limits and explore the mysteries of life and nature,” he said.

Women march against Poland's proposed abortion ban


Many took the day off work and school and did not do domestic chores in a day of action inspired by a 1975 women’s strike in Iceland.

Some businesses had to close for the day as a result, while others were staffed by men only.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Warsaw in a pro-choice march to mark what organizers called “Black Monday.”

According to Radio Poland, an English-language station based in Warsaw, millions of people took part in the nationwide protest.

Many at the event in Warsaw dressed in black, as part of the Black Protest movement, which has been trending on social media in recent weeks.

“I was walking around the centre of Warsaw for much of the day and there are quite a few cafes and restaurants that are shut because all the staff have gone to the protests. Others are being staffed by men,” Ben Stanley, a politics lecturer at SWPS University in Warsaw, told CNN.

Stanley, who is from Britain but has lived in Poland for 15 years, said while there have been several pro-democracy protests in the country in recent months, he cannot recall anything on this scale over a single issue.

He estimated that thousands of protesters congregated in Castle Square in Warsaw, and said most of them were women.

“It is tense but peaceful and I have not seen any reports of arrests or confrontations,” he said.

One young man at the protest who spoke to CNN affiliate AVN/TVP said he thinks the proposed government action to ban abortions is not right.

“Every woman should have choice; deciding for women is inhuman,” said the man, who didn’t give his name.

Poland wants to outlaw phrases like 'Polish death camps'

Poland, a staunchly Catholic nation, already has one of the some of the strictest regulations in Europe when it comes to abortion.

The proposed legislation, should it pass, would put the country’s laws on par with Malta and the Vatican.

The punishment for terminating a pregnancy could involve up to five years in prison, and any doctors assisting in abortions would also face jail time.

Poland’s current law allows abortion through the 12th week of pregnancy if the woman’s health or life is endangered, if the pregnancy results from a crime, or if the fetus is irreparably damaged.

The proposed bill would make abortion illegal in all cases.

On a Facebook page set up to promote the strike — with the hashtag #blackprotest and #czarnyprotest — organizers wrote that “even in the cases when a woman should have a right to do abortion, she might still be refused the operation by a doctor on the grounds of conscience.”

The organizers called on the international feminist community to mobilize in support of the protest in Poland. There were displays of solidarity from individuals and groups, including activities in Berlin and Chicago.

The 1975 strike in Iceland that inspired Monday’s action was held to protest wage discrepancy and unfair employment practices against women.

Women were urged to not to attend work if they had paying jobs, nor do any housework or child care. As many as 90% percent of Icelandic women participated in the protest and it essentially paralyzed the country, according to the Global Nonviolent Action Database.

$3.2m in just two kilometers


But after the Ryan Moore-ridden Found led home a one-two-three for the Ballydoyle stable — making O’Brien the first trainer in the race’s rich 96-year-old history to achieve that feat — the Irishman admitted such a prospect had never crossed his mind.

“You dream about winning but this is something you can’t even dream about,” he said afterward. “It’s beyond a dream. It’s not of those things you couldn’t even believe could happen. I can’t even put into words.”

Frankie Dettori, bidding for a fifth Arc win, had to make do with third place on Order of St George but then promptly locked lips with a startled Moore, the on-course commentator breaking from his own language to describe it as a “French kiss”.

Moore is not known for showing his emotions but he was at his most ebullient under the late-evening sunshine, and understandably so.

Riding the same horse in the same race 12 months ago, the filly was very much lost. A year on, the four-year-old was most definitely found, making a world-class field look distinctly average as she broke for home to break a 30-year-old old record and never looked in danger of being surpassed. With that, Found’s romance with the race was recaptured.

The 33-year-old Moore, who had won the Arc once before on the Michael Stoute-trained Workforce, said the O’Brien one-two-three would now go down in racing folklore.

“It’s one of those unique things like Frankie’s seven, Dickinson’s five and now three in the Arc,” said the jockey.

That Dettori, 20 years on from winning his “Magnificent Seven” at Ascot, should feature seemed apt.

Michael Dickinson, who famously trained the first five in the 1983 Cheltenham Gold Cup, can only have been similarly impressed if watching from afar.

O’Brien is not one to talk up his own successes but one of the most globally successful trainers in the history of the sport admitted there was nothing that could top his Chantilly success.

“To get three horses in top shape and be the best around, it’s the hardest race to win in the world,” he said. “So it’s unbelievable. How could you say anything is higher than this? It’s such a hard race to win.”

While the one-two-three — his other mount in the race Highland Reel taking second — was massively down to the trainer, it was also a nod to Galileo, the previous Derby winner who had sired all three Ballydoyle runners.

It was a facet not lost on O’Brien, who repeatedly uttered the mantra “all three by Galileo” while shaking his head in disbelief in the paddock afterward.

Postponed, trained by Britain’s Roger Varian, had gone into the race as the favorite but struggled coming up the rising home straight to finish a disappointing fifth place.

Meanwhile, Japan’s 47-year-old love affair with the race remains unrequited, this year’s Japanese entry Makahiki failing to match the pace of Found or the rest of the leading entries.

Moore, though, insisted his ride was far from perfect, pointing out that Found, “went earlier than I might have liked but I thought ‘I might as well take the chance now’.”

Found had been accused by many of being a habitual bridesmaid with a litany of second places in big races, and Moore admitted “she can be frustrating at times”.

But added: “Remember, though, she’s won the Boussac and the Breeders’ Cup Turf. Things worked out today, and on her best she is very hard to beat.”

That the victory should be on good ground at the picturesque Chantilly rather than its traditional home of Longchamp made little difference to the rider. He said simply: “To win an Arc anywhere is very special, it’s an honor.”

Her owners pocketed the top prize of $3.2 million in what is Europe’s richest race — the overall purse is $5.6m — and one of her owners, Michael Tabor, was understandably delighted with the result, describing her as “as good as it gets”.

The question now remains whether she returns to the Breeders’ Cup in November to defend her title.

Tabor said: “If she’s Found as we know her I guess that will be the plan. With all the talking in the world, the horses tell you.”

As for the clean sweep of the Arc places, he added: “I don’t think that’ll ever happen again.”

Investors spooked by UK's plan for Brexit


The U.K. plan to leave the European Union is finally taking shape, and markets don’t like what they see.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday gave investors a sneak peak at her game plan for Brexit negotiations, suggesting an approach that would make it difficult for Britain to avoid some loss of trade with Europe.

The Conservative leader told party members that negotiations to leave the European Union will be triggered by the end of March 2017, leaving Britain a fully independent, sovereign country.

She took a particularly hard line on immigration.

“We voted to leave the European Union and become a fully independent, sovereign country,” May said. “We are not leaving the European Union today to give up control of immigration again.”

If Britain does not allow free movement of EU citizens across its borders, European leaders have made clear that the U.K. will not be allowed to remain part of the free trade area.

Investors reacted by sending the pound down to $1.28, near record lows reached in the wake of the EU referendum on June 23. The currency also gave up ground against the euro.

“May seems to lean towards a so called ‘hard Brexit,’ pointing out that the U.K. would not take back its sovereignty just to ‘give it all up again,’ ” said Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank.

brexit eu uk trade

The U.K. economy has proved more resilient than expected in the wake of the EU referendum, but a sharp fall in the value of the pound and a big injection of money from the Bank of England have helped limit the fallout.

Losing full access to Europe’s markets, the world’s largest, could hurt growth. London’s financial services sector would be particularly at risk if its banks lost the ability to do business freely across the continent. Automakers are worried about the possibility of tariffs.

Related: 100 days after Brexit vote: No meltdown (yet)

U.K. Treasury chief Philip Hammond acknowledged Monday that the British economy would pay a price for Brexit.

He confirmed that a target to balance the budget by 2020 set by his predecessor would have to be abandoned — a consequence of Brexit that will add to Britain’s £1 trillion-plus debt.

“Self-inflicted dislocations with its major market — when the U.K. already carries a high level of public debt, a large current account deficit and severe imbalances across major sectors — are unwise, to put it mildly,” Schmieding said.

CNNMoney (London) First published October 3, 2016: 9:14 AM ET

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