In a major boost to Britain’s economy in a post-Brexit world, Google has announced that it will open its new headquarters building in the UK, raising its employment in the country from 4,000 to 7,000. The news is seen as a major boost to Britain’s position in the post-Brexit world as it prepares to leave the European Union.
The new building will come up alongside Google’s existing headquarters in King’s Cross, London. The project faced uncertainty after Britain voted to leave the EU, but Sundar Pichai, Google’s chief executive, made it clear that although there were some reservations, Brexit won’t dissuade the company to invest in the UK.
British leaders used the announcement as a vote of confidence for Britain’s positive perception among corporations after the Brexit. While London mayor Sadiq Khan welcomed the announcement saying it will create “high-skilled jobs”, Chancellor Philip Hammond claimed that Google’s announcement was a testament to Britain’s stature as an “outward looking, world-leading nation.”
While Sundar Pichai spoke confidently about future of technology in Britain, he also made it clear that Britain’s proposed curb on immigration after Brexit is formally done were incoherent with Google’s ideals.
Google’s new headquarters will be designed by Thomas Heatherwick, the man behind such iconic designs as Olympic cauldron and the garden bridge. It is noteworthy to mention that Google’ bosses rejected London-based AHMM’s design, calling it “too boring”.
Speaking on a wide range of happenings, Sundar Pichai also touched upon the results of the recent U.S. elections. Calling the results of the election a sign that the country was “deeply divided”, he said being from a vibrant democracy as India, he was looking forward to how to constructively engage people with varied opinions.
The issue of fake news was also discussed and Mr. Pichai said he was aware of the marginal influence it could have had on the elections. However, he was quick to add that it will become more important now for social media sites and other news aggregators to be more serious about the source of their news.
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