European shares led higher by miners, but HSBC falls

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By Danilo Masoni

MILAN, Feb 22 (Reuters) - European shares rose on Monday after a positive session in Asia, with gains in miners underpinning the market and investors shrugging off worries about Britain's potential exit from the European Union.

By 0926 GMT, the pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was up 1.3 percent at 1,301.37 points, while Britain's FTSE 100 was up by a similar amount.

"We had reasonably good data out of Asia which are supporting markets in Europe this morning but the political front in the region has become more uncertain," said Jurgen Michels, chief economist at BayernLB in Munich.

"Brexit is not a story for equities at the moment but that might change ... for sure the probability of Brexit has increased after the positioning of Boris Johnson," he said referring to the decision by London's mayor to join the Brexit camp, which hit sterling.   Continuación...