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 DAILY BRIEFING: Medium sized firms upbeat about Brexit 19h DAILY BRIEFING: Medium sized firms upbeat about Brexit
survey of 315 firms found that 41 per cent believe leaving the bloc will be good for the economy over the next five years, versus 40 per cent who think it will be damaging.
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GBP 1,38 -0,218%
EUR 1,22 -0,409%
CHF 1,04 -0,386%
 Pound climbs to post-Brexit high trading above $1.38  19h Pound climbs to post-Brexit high trading above $1.38 
The UK currency has gained around 15 per cent against the greenback since hitting a low of around $1.20 early last year and is up 2 per cent so far in 2018.
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No-deal Brexit would cost EU economy £100bn, report claims22h No-deal Brexit would cost EU economy £100bn, report claims
Trading bloc would suffer more in lost output than thought, although lack of trade deal would cost UK around £125bn A no-deal
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Will a post-Brexit economy swap workers for robots? 14 Jan 7:01pm Will a post-Brexit economy swap workers for robots?
There are not many economic fields in which Britain truly leads the world.
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 The City to release report on Brexit impact 14 Jan 11:15am The City to release report on Brexit impact
The City of London Corporation is poised to issue a ‘red’ warning report over fears that a split from the EU will damage the capital’s appeal to financial services firms.
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How and why Britain might be asked to vote again on Brexit | Andrew Rawnsley 14 Jan 4:48am How and why Britain might be asked to vote again on Brexit | Andrew Rawnsley
It still doesn’t look that likely, but we can begin to see the circumstances which would compel a second referendum Can we just call the whole damn thing off? Could Brexit be stopped so that Britain can get on with the rest of its life? Is there a possibility of doing a Breverse? This question has been nagging away, always in the background and sometimes in the foreground, ever since the narrow victory for Leave. One reason this is so is because it is such a massive issue. Another reason is because such a massive issue was decided by such a tight margin in the summer of 2016. The argument that there should be another vote before Britain heads out of the door has been pressed aggressively by unreconciled Remainers, the most vocal of them being
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We had a lot on our plate already: Brexit was the last thing we needed 14 Jan 2:00am We had a lot on our plate already: Brexit was the last thing we needed
The young people of Britain are threatened not just by leaving the EU, but by the accumulation of problems created by neglect of public servicesOne of the many annoying aspects of the Brexit referendum fiasco is that it has diverted attention from so many pressing domestic economic and social problems. Yet those of us who are unrepentant Remainers still regard the struggle as worthwhile. Brexiters may argue that the prospect of short-term economic damage was exaggerated during the campaign, and,
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If government doesn’t help the high streets, we’ll be shopping in ghost towns 14 Jan 2:00am If government doesn’t help the high streets, we’ll be shopping in ghost towns
With falling incomes and the spectre of Brexit, retailers are suffering outside the big cities – and leaving the problems to councils is no solutionLife is tough for high street retailers and likely to get worse in 2018. That’s the clear message following
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Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote 12 Jan 3:07pm Updated Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote
The pound passes $1.37 on a report that Spain and the Netherlands want a good Brexit deal for the UK.
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Sterling surges against dollar as Spain and Netherlands back soft Brexit 12 Jan 12:05pm Updated Sterling surges against dollar as Spain and Netherlands back soft Brexit
Finance ministers from both countries reportedly keen to maintain the closest possible ties with EU and Britain The pound has surged to its highest level against the dollar since the UK’s vote to leave the EU following reports that Spain and the Netherlands are willing to back a soft Brexit deal. Sterling hit a high of $1.3691, a gain of almost 1.5 cents – more than 1% – after Bloomberg reported that the two countries were keen to maintain the closest possible ties between the EU and Britain, after
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Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote - as it happened 12 Jan 10:26am Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote - as it happened
The pound surged to $1.3691 on Friday - the highest since the result of the EU referendum in June 2016 was known - on reports that Spain and the Netherlands are willing to back a soft Brexit deal
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UK inflation: four in five workers fear cost of living squeeze, survey finds 12 Jan 9:54am Updated UK inflation: four in five workers fear cost of living squeeze, survey finds
Rising inflation, falling living standards and static pay fuel anxiety across all income bands, thinktank finds Anxiety over future job and pay prospects has become entrenched among UK workers against a backdrop of falling living standards, Brexit uncertainty and the prospect of automation, a report has warned. Four out of five working people are concerned that inflation will outstrip their pay in future, despite high levels of employment, the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce said.
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Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote - business live 12 Jan 9:45am Updated Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote - business live
The pound surged to $1.3691 on Friday - the highest since the result of the EU referendum in June 2016 was known - on reports that Spain and the Netherlands are willing to back a soft Brexit deal
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Pound at highest level since Brexit vote 12 Jan 8:54am Pound at highest level since Brexit vote
The pound has climbed to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote.
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Norway backs EU fishing policies remaining during Brexit transition 12 Jan 8:38am Norway backs EU fishing policies remaining during Brexit transition
North Sea curbs to last at least 21 months despite Michael Gove’s suggestion Britain will take back control of its waters The EU’s insistence that quotas under the common fisheries policy for the seas around the UK will remain in force during a Brexit transition period has been backed up by the Norwegian government, dealing a fresh blow for Downing Street. Pers Sandberg, the Norwegian fisheries minister, said he expected talks between the EU, UK and Norway over fishing rights to be complex and likely to conclude at the end of a transition period.
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Four out of five working people worried about falling real pay – survey 12 Jan 12:18am Four out of five working people worried about falling real pay – survey
Rising inflation, falling living standards and static pay are fuelling fears, with the RSA calling for a universal basic income Anxiety over future job and pay prospects has become entrenched among UK workers against a backdrop of falling living standards, Brexit uncertainty and the prospect of automation, a report has warned. Four out of five working people are concerned that inflation will outstrip their pay in future, despite high levels of employment, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) said.
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May urges execs to lobby for City at Brexit summit 11 Jan 1:34pm May urges execs to lobby for City at Brexit summit
Theresa May has told top City executives they should "emphasise the benefits for Europe" of a Brexit trade deal that includes London's financial centre.
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 FTSE 100: Builders fall amid fears boom days are over 11 Jan 2:20am Updated FTSE 100: Builders fall amid fears boom days are over
Taylor Wimpey fell 4.2 per cent, or 8.7p, to 200.2p amid anxiety over falling house prices, weak wage growth and the impact of Brexit on the economy.
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It takes two to tango over Brexit, Hammond tells EU 10 Jan 7:32pm Updated It takes two to tango over Brexit, Hammond tells EU
The EU must end its "relative silence" about what post-Brexit relationship it wants, chancellor says.
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Brexit: May to meet UK financial services chiefs 10 Jan 7:00pm Brexit: May to meet UK financial services chiefs
Barclays and Goldman Sachs meet the PM as the UK seeks a Brexit deal to include financial services.
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Hammond calls on EU to spell out Brexit aims 10 Jan 5:11pm Hammond calls on EU to spell out Brexit aims
Philip Hammond has called on Europe's leaders to spell out what they want from Brexit, declaring: "It takes two to tango."
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 MARKET REPORT: Builders fall amid fears boom days are over 10 Jan 5:00pm MARKET REPORT: Builders fall amid fears boom days are over
Taylor Wimpey fell 4.2 per cent, or 8.7p, to 200.2p amid anxiety over falling house prices, weak wage growth and the impact of Brexit on the economy.
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May summons City chiefs to Brexit talks 10 Jan 7:04am May summons City chiefs to Brexit talks
Theresa May has summoned a group of City chiefs for talks about progress towards a post-Brexit trade deal that would safeguard the interests of Britain's financial services industry.
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Investors await key data for health check of UK economy - business live 10 Jan 4:39am Updated Investors await key data for health check of UK economy - business live
The latest official figures on UK trade, manufacturing and construction will provide clues about the health of the wider economy as Davis and Hammond head to Germany to make Brexit deal plea
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Davis and Hammond make plea to Germany in pursuit of Brexit deal 9 Jan 7:14pm Davis and Hammond make plea to Germany in pursuit of Brexit deal
Chancellor and Brexit secretary seek deal to avoid catastrophe for Britain’s financial services industry after UK leaves EU Philip Hammond and David Davis have made a direct appeal to German business leaders to help them forge a Brexit deal to secure the future of Britain’s financial services. The chancellor and Brexit secretary travel to Germany on Wednesday on a charm offensive they hope will shift the EU’s implacable opposition to services being included in a final deal.
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Happy Christmas! Majestic Wine toasts strong sales 9 Jan 11:06am Happy Christmas! Majestic Wine toasts strong sales
Sales rise 4.1% in crucial 10-week festive period, with English sparkling wine soaring courtesy of Brexit-effect on sterling
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Brexit: government urged to stop cost of VAT rule change hitting UK firms 9 Jan 8:07am Brexit: government urged to stop cost of VAT rule change hitting UK firms
Treasury committee chair Nicky Morgan demands clarification on how British businesses can avoid paying VAT upfront when they import goods post-Brexit The government has come under pressure to reveal the impact on more than 130,000 UK firms of
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 SME confidence plunges to lowest level since Brexit vote 9 Jan 2:45am SME confidence plunges to lowest level since Brexit vote
A record number of small business owners are planning to downsize or shut up shop entirely as confidence plummets to the lowest levels since the wake of the Brexit vote. 
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 Jaguar Land Rover racks up record sales around the world 8 Jan 11:13am Updated Jaguar Land Rover racks up record sales around the world
British carmaker Jaguar Land Rover has shrugged off any Brexit blues by racking up record global sales of more than 621,000 cars.
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UK factories optimistic for 2018 despite Brexit concerns, survey finds 8 Jan 2:29am Updated UK factories optimistic for 2018 despite Brexit concerns, survey finds
A majority of companies polled expect global demand and growth in export markets to sustain order books Britain’s manufacturers are more upbeat about the state of the global economy than at any time since 2014 and believe demand from overseas will sustain their businesses through another year of Brexit uncertainty, a survey has shown. The poll by the manufacturers’ organisation EEF and the insurance firm AIG found 40% of the companies questioned were planning for growth in 2018 while 19% were expecting a downturn in their business.
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UK firms optimistic for 2018 despite Brexit fears 8 Jan 2:26am UK firms optimistic for 2018 despite Brexit fears
British manufacturers' optimism about the state of the global economy is at a four-year high, a survey has revealed.
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Firms may face upfront VAT after Brexit 7 Jan 8:20am Firms may face upfront VAT after Brexit
New rules could force companies to pay VAT on European imports sooner after the UK leaves the EU.
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Brexit to swallow £70m meant for developing cancer drugs, says GSK 6 Jan 1:36pm Brexit to swallow £70m meant for developing cancer drugs, says GSK
GlaxoSmithKline executive issues warning as Liberal Democrats say cost of medicine imports has already jumped by £5m Up to £70m will have to be diverted from developing new cancer drugs in order to prepare for the impact of Brexit, Britain’s biggest maker pharmaceuticals of has warned. In a stark intervention over the extra costs being incurred, Phil Thomson, president of global affairs at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), made clear that something approaching the figure would have to be spent whatever the outcome of trade talks.
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UK car industry demands Brexit clarity after biggest sales fall since 2009 - business live 5 Jan 7:32am Updated UK car industry demands Brexit clarity after biggest sales fall since 2009 - business live
All the day’s economic and financial news, including the latest UK car sales figures and US unemployment report
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Chancellor stokes customs union confusion 5 Jan 4:53am Chancellor stokes customs union confusion
Philip Hammond has been accused of stoking confusion over whether Britain will stay in a customs union with the EU after Brexit.
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UK car industry demands Brexit progress after biggest sales fall since 2009 - business live 5 Jan 3:14am Updated UK car industry demands Brexit progress after biggest sales fall since 2009 - business live
All the day’s economic and financial news, including the latest UK car sales figures and US unemployment report
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Post-Brexit farming funding set out by Michael Gove 4 Jan 10:35am Updated Post-Brexit farming funding set out by Michael Gove
Farmers are to receive payments for "public goods", such as planting meadows, instead of subsidies.
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UK services grow faster than forecast despite growing Brexit concern 4 Jan 10:13am UK services grow faster than forecast despite growing Brexit concern
Forecast slowdown in sector not as bad as feared with business growing more confident but British firms say growth remains sluggish Britain’s services sector, including hotels and banks, grew at a faster rate than expected last month, setting the economy on course for its strongest quarter in 2017 despite mounting fears over the challenges ahead from Brexit. A hard Brexit would take Britain out of the EU’s single market and customs union and ends its obligations to respect the four freedoms, make big EU budget payments and accept the jurisdiction of the ECJ: what Brexiters mean by “taking back control” of Britain’s borders, laws and money. It would mean a return of trade tariffs, depending on what (if any) FTA was agreed. 
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UK services sector points to faster growth at end of 2017 4 Jan 10:05am UK services sector points to faster growth at end of 2017
Forecast slowdown in sector not as bad as feared with business optimism growing although many British firms say growth is sluggish Britain’s services sector, including hotels and banks, grew at a faster rate than expected last month, setting the economy on course for its strongest quarter in 2017 despite mounting fears over the challenges ahead from Brexit. A hard Brexit would take Britain out of the EU’s single market and customs union and ends its obligations to respect the four freedoms, make big EU budget payments and accept the jurisdiction of the ECJ: what Brexiters mean by “taking back control” of Britain’s borders, laws and money. It would mean a return of trade tariffs, depending on what (if any) FTA was agreed. 
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Farming subsidies to continue for extra two years 4 Jan 4:36am Farming subsidies to continue for extra two years
A payment plan post-Brexit to reward planting wildflower meadows and woodland to be delayed.
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UK construction industry optimism slumps to five-year low, survey reveals 3 Jan 6:52am UK construction industry optimism slumps to five-year low, survey reveals
Brexit concerns, high import costs and fears of economic slowdown lead to fall in volume of commercial projects Britain’s construction industry is its least optimistic for five years amid fears over Brexit and an economic slowdown, according to a survey. Despite some pockets of strength as building firms won the most work for several months in December, the balance of companies expecting a rise in output levels over the next 12 months was the weakest recorded since mid-2013, according to the Markit/Cips
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Ryanair applies for UK licence as airline braces for hard Brexit 2 Jan 1:31pm Ryanair applies for UK licence as airline braces for hard Brexit
Irish carrier seeks permit to ensure it will be able to continue operating domestic UK flights after March 2019 Ryanair has applied for a British air operating licence to ensure its domestic UK routes can keep flying after Brexit. The Irish airline has repeatedly
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London house prices: south and west see some of biggest drops 2 Jan 12:38pm London house prices: south and west see some of biggest drops
Values in prime central London stabilise, while south and west areas such as Fulham bear brunt of buyers’ Brexit nerves House prices in “prime” central London appear to be stabilising, while areas in the south and west of the capital such as Wandsworth and Richmond are now under increasing pressure, according to estate agent Savills. The company is predicting that average property values in central London’s top-end enclaves such as Knightsbridge, Mayfair and Holland Park will see
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Ryanair applies for UK air operator licence 2 Jan 12:15pm Ryanair applies for UK air operator licence
The airline says it may need a UK licence in the event of a hard Brexit.
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Good for factories, bad for shoppers: a Brexit pattern is emerging 2 Jan 11:31am Good for factories, bad for shoppers: a Brexit pattern is emerging
The latest UK figures suggest a modest rebalancing of the economy of the kind long wished for by policymakers The UK economy has settled down into a post EU-referendum pattern. Consumer spending is being constrained by the fall in the value of the pound, which has pushed up inflation by making imports dearer. But manufacturing has started to do better, in part because the weakness of sterling has made exports cheaper. For many years, policymakers have longed wistfully for a rebalancing of the economy towards production rather than consumption.
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Ryanair seeks UK licence in hard Brexit safeguard 2 Jan 9:44am Ryanair seeks UK licence in hard Brexit safeguard
Ryanair is seeking a licence from British regulators to safeguard against a hard Brexit amid little apparent progress on a new aviation deal between the UK and Europe.
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Cheltenham house prices rise while Perth sees biggest fall as market slows 2 Jan 2:01am Cheltenham house prices rise while Perth sees biggest fall as market slows
Latest house prices from Halifax show massive slowdown compared with last year, as many blame uncertainty over Brexit House prices in the Gloucestershire town of Cheltenham rose more rapidly than in any other part of the UK in 2017, while Perth in Scotland saw the steepest fall, according to data from mortgage lender Halifax. Homes in Cheltenham, a former spa town on the edge of the Cotswolds, jumped by 13% during the year, up £36,033 to £313,150, nearly five times the average UK increase of 2.7%.
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After the shocks of the old year, how will 2018 shape up for the average household? 1 Jan 2:00am After the shocks of the old year, how will 2018 shape up for the average household?
After a year in which households faced a squeeze on incomes and rises in mortgage payments, here’s what to expect nextLooking back over the year that is gone, there were few signs of relief for the average household. The knock-on effects of the Brexit referendum resulted in price rises on everyday items from butter to electronics while the Bank of England increased interest rates for the first time in a decade, leaving the banks open to increase the mortgage repayments of homeowners. While inflation is creeping up – it was 3.1% in November – wage growth has not matched the rise, resulting in a squeeze on the average household budget.
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UK economy in 2018: steady growth tempered by Brexit politics 31 Dec 2017, 9:18am UK economy in 2018: steady growth tempered by Brexit politics
Weaker pound will continue to boost exports and lower borrowing costs allow consumers to keep calm and carry on, but it ain’t smooth sailing Forty years ago, Ian Dury and the Blockheads released Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3 – listing some of the better things in life even as Margaret Thatcher became prime minister in the months following the winter of discontent. Fast forward to the opening days of 2018 and
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 Barbour profits rise as it plans for Brexit uncertainty 31 Dec 2017, 7:42am Barbour profits rise as it plans for Brexit uncertainty
Sales at the iconic British brand topped £184 million in the year ending April 30, 2017, according to its latest set of accounts, while profit rose to £29.3 million.
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Even bravery won’t help the nightmare of Brexit’s new world 31 Dec 2017, 2:00am Even bravery won’t help the nightmare of Brexit’s new world
The powerful forces driving the current nationalist upheaval also present the prospect of a future only previously imagined by Huxley or OrwellMost readers will be familiar with Aldous Huxley’s vision of a dystopian future,
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 What will 2018 bring for investors? Brexit and Trump again 30 Dec 2017, 9:45am Updated What will 2018 bring for investors? Brexit and Trump again
Investing experts are cautious about 2018, as international investors shun our domestic earners while we contend with Brexit. Could the UK pull off a surprise, and the FTSE 100 storm to 8,000?
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Global markets end on record high after adding $9tn in 2017 29 Dec 2017, 12:59pm Updated Global markets end on record high after adding $9tn in 2017
Brexit talks progress and Trump tax cuts fuel boom as even fears of war in North Korea, upheaval in Europe and bitcoin bubble fail to dampen spirits Global stock markets have ended 2017 on record highs, gaining $9tn (£6.7tn) in value over the year due to a strong worldwide economy, President Donald Trump’s tax cuts and central banks’ go-slow approach to easing financial support. The FTSE 100 hit a new peak in London, with an all-time closing
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UK to sink to the bottom of OECD wage growth index in 2018 28 Dec 2017, 7:01pm UK to sink to the bottom of OECD wage growth index in 2018
British workers to be worse off among wealthy nations as Brexit inflation diminishes pay, TUC analysis show Britain is set to have the worst wage growth of any wealthy nation next year, ranking behind Italy, Greece and Hungary, according to analysis by the TUC. The UK is forecast to come bottom from 32
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Which big names in business are 2018’s ones to watch? 28 Dec 2017, 8:05am Updated Which big names in business are 2018’s ones to watch?
Can Nicky Morgan avoid a ‘no deal’ Brexit? Can Michael O’Leary keep Ryanair aloft? And will Jeff Bezos stay the world’s richest man? From the head of Europe’s biggest short-haul airline to an heir to the Murdoch empire, here are 10 well-known business figures expected to hit the headlines next year, for good or ill.
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The year in business: bitcoin boom, Brexit countdown and Uber trouble 28 Dec 2017, 2:00am The year in business: bitcoin boom, Brexit countdown and Uber trouble
From fears of City exodus to first interest rate rise in a decade, here’s a recap of the key events of 2017 It will be remembered as the year Theresa May triggered article 50 and began the official countdown to Britain’s departure from the European Union. It was also the year of two budgets, one general election and the first UK interest rate rise in a decade. The year was littered with resignations, gaffes, boardroom bust-ups and takeovers, and if you had about $15,000 (£11,200) to spare you could buy one whole bitcoin. Take a look back at some of the significant stories of 2017.
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 What will happen to property prices in 2018? 27 Dec 2017, 9:22am Updated What will happen to property prices in 2018?
Property prices have remained resilient this year in the face of economic uncertainty and in the face of Brexit. Can this continue into 2018? This is Money asks the experts.
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Hammond challenged to release Brexit studies 27 Dec 2017, 7:51am Hammond challenged to release Brexit studies
MPs claim they will be "hamstrung" if they do not get to see the Treasury's Brexit analysis.
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UK house price growth to slow dramatically in 2018, say experts 26 Dec 2017, 8:29am UK house price growth to slow dramatically in 2018, say experts
Fear of interest rate rise and Brexit uncertainty to either halt house price growth or manage small below-inflation rise House price growth looks set to judder to a halt in 2018 or at best manage a small below-inflation rise, as the twin spectres of Brexit and rising interest rates put the brakes on the property market. Following what some have called a lacklustre year, homeowners and those looking to sell in the coming months have been told to expect an underwhelming and subdued 2018, with a number of leading commentators predicting UK house prices will either stay flat next year or perhaps tick up by 1% or so.
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Warnings of post-Brexit price rises unless UK can copy EU trade deals 26 Dec 2017, 4:29am Warnings of post-Brexit price rises unless UK can copy EU trade deals
British Retail Consortium says everyday products such as food and clothing could rise when UK leaves the bloc Consumers face rising prices after Brexit unless Britain can replicate trade deals negotiated by the EU with dozens of other countries, the British Retail Consortium has warned.
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Complacent regulators have two years to prevent a financial crash 23 Dec 2017, 11:00am Complacent regulators have two years to prevent a financial crash
Outside Brexit Britain, the view looks rosy and borrowing is being pushed to new highs. What could go wrong? Almost everythingThere is a complacency in the air as we stumble into 2018. Global economic forecasts are coated with sugar. Stock markets keep heading skywards and borrowing is at an
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How has the Brexit vote affected the economy? December verdict 21 Dec 2017, 8:06am How has the Brexit vote affected the economy? December verdict
a href="https://www.theguardian.com/business/series/brexit-data-snapshot">Each month we look at key indicators to see what effect the Brexit process has
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UK car production hit by plunge in domestic demand - business live 21 Dec 2017, 4:10am Updated UK car production hit by plunge in domestic demand - business live
The number of cars rolling off Britain’s production lines and destined for UK buyers slumped 28% in November as Brexit uncertainty weighs on demand
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 Why City bankers bring in £318k each to the UK 21 Dec 2017, 3:58am Updated Why City bankers bring in £318k each to the UK
Camden and the City of London contributed £318,673 to the economy per resident, up 6.3 per cent on 2015, suggesting bankers continued to rake in money despite Brexit.
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May to visit China for first trade mission as PM 20 Dec 2017, 3:35pm May to visit China for first trade mission as PM
Theresa May will embark on a long-delayed visit to China next month in a bid to promote her vision of a "global Britain" whose economy is strongly placed to succeed after Brexit.
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EU says Brexit transition to end by 31 December 2020 20 Dec 2017, 1:12pm Updated EU says Brexit transition to end by 31 December 2020
The EU sets out its stall for the next phase of Brexit talks - with a New Year's Eve end date.
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Bank of England Carney says UK is banker for Europe, IMF welcomes Brexit progress –as it happened 20 Dec 2017, 12:54pm Bank of England Carney says UK is banker for Europe, IMF welcomes Brexit progress –as it happened
Bank of England governor Mark Carney up before Treasury committee
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Bank of England to allow EU banks to keep UK operations unchanged after Brexit 20 Dec 2017, 12:45pm Bank of England to allow EU banks to keep UK operations unchanged after Brexit
Plan seen as direct challenge to EU to adopt a similar policy for UK-based banks The Bank of England plans to allow European banks to maintain their UK operations under current rules following Brexit, in a direct challenge to European Union regulators to adopt the same policy towards UK-based banks. The Bank said it wanted to press ahead with assessing the risks posed by the 177 banks and insurance companies based in the European Economic Area that have branches in London, following the agreement between Theresa May and EU officials to move to the second stage of Brexit talks.
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Gloomy Brexit forecasts for UK are coming true, says IMF 20 Dec 2017, 12:40pm Updated Gloomy Brexit forecasts for UK are coming true, says IMF
Fund trims growth forecast as Christine Lagarde strongly defends pre-referendum prediction of slowdown from leave vote The International Monetary Fund has strongly defended its gloomy forecasts for the UK after Brexit, saying pre-referendum warnings of slower growth were coming true. Christine Lagarde, the fund’s managing director, said the vote to leave the EU in June 2016 was already having an impact and Britain’s weaker growth this year was
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Bank of England Carney says UK is banker for Europe, IMF welcomes Brexit progress – business live 20 Dec 2017, 12:14pm Updated Bank of England Carney says UK is banker for Europe, IMF welcomes Brexit progress – business live
Bank of England governor Mark Carney up before Treasure committee
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Bank of England governor Carney faces MPs, IMF welcomes Brexit progress – business live 20 Dec 2017, 11:04am Updated Bank of England governor Carney faces MPs, IMF welcomes Brexit progress – business live
Bank of England governor Mark Carney up before Treasure committee
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IMF downgrades UK growth forecast on Brexit uncertainty 20 Dec 2017, 10:55am Updated IMF downgrades UK growth forecast on Brexit uncertainty
The IMF has cut its UK economic growth forecast, blaming Brexit uncertainty.
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 Brexit uncertainty prompts IMF to downgrade forecast 20 Dec 2017, 10:50am Updated Brexit uncertainty prompts IMF to downgrade forecast
Noting that growth in the UK has 'slowed notably' since the start of the year, Ms Lagarde said rising inflation was squeezing real incomes and hitting consumption levels.
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Carney warning to EU banks over Brexit 20 Dec 2017, 10:31am Carney warning to EU banks over Brexit
Bank of England governor Mark Carney has warned that dozens of European banks face costly consequences if the UK and EU fail to achieve hoped-for cooperation over Brexit.
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 Banks face tougher rules to access EU markets after Brexit 20 Dec 2017, 9:36am Updated Banks face tougher rules to access EU markets after Brexit
The European Commission is due to set out its terms for allowing the City of London (pictured) to continue as the EU's leading financial centre after Brexit.
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IMF welcomes Brexit progress but cautions timeframe is ambitious – business live 20 Dec 2017, 7:53am Updated IMF welcomes Brexit progress but cautions timeframe is ambitious – business live
Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, is in London to present the annual review of the UK economy. The Fund welcomed progress on Brexit talks but warned the timeframe was ambitious
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IMF urges early Brexit transition deal for UK 20 Dec 2017, 5:00am IMF urges early Brexit transition deal for UK
The UK has been urged to agree an early Brexit transition deal to help ease uncertainty over the country's future relationship with its biggest trading partner.
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Bosses urge PM for clarity on Brexit terms 18 Dec 2017, 3:09pm Bosses urge PM for clarity on Brexit terms
Company bosses are urging Theresa May to provide more clarity on a possible new customs union and future immigration rules, as her Cabinet prepares to hold talks about the UK's post-Brexit economy.
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Bumper business Christmas quiz 2017 18 Dec 2017, 6:59am Updated Bumper business Christmas quiz 2017
Brexit, the Paradise Papers, chickens … and the new £1 coin – how well can you remember the key events of 2017? For your overall score, please complete all the questions
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Desperate UK homeowners are cutting prices, says Zoopla 18 Dec 2017, 2:47am Desperate UK homeowners are cutting prices, says Zoopla
Property website says 35% of homes up for sale have cut sale price, with Brexit vote to blame for the biggest discounts in London Price cutting by homeowners desperate to shift their property in a slowing market has reached the highest levels in six years, according to an analysis by website Zoopla. Just over 35% of the homes marketed on the site have marked down their price in the hope of achieving a sale, with the biggest discounts in
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Desperate UK homeowners are cutting prices, warns Zoopla 18 Dec 2017, 2:00am Desperate UK homeowners are cutting prices, warns Zoopla
Property website says 35% of homes up for sale have cut sale price, with Brexit vote to blame for the biggest discounts in London Price cutting by homeowners desperate to shift their property in a slowing market has reached the highest levels in six years, according to an analysis by website Zoopla. Just over 35% of the homes marketed on the site have marked down their price in the hope of achieving a sale, with the biggest discounts in
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Brexit will usher in a dark chapter for new British authors, warns publisher 18 Dec 2017, 12:30am Brexit will usher in a dark chapter for new British authors, warns publisher
Harry Potter publisher Bloomsbury warns UK’s exclusive English rights across EU will end, with firms fighting US companies in an open market The next generation of British authors could struggle to land a book deal after Brexit, according to the publisher who launched Harry Potter writer JK Rowling’s career. The UK’s close ties with Europe meant British publishers enjoyed
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U.K.’s Next Brexit Agony: What Sort of Trade Deal? 18 Dec 2017, 12:01am Updated U.K.’s Next Brexit Agony: What Sort of Trade Deal?
Britain’s next step will be as divisive as any. It must decide whether to model future ties with the European Union on Norway, Canada, a Canada-Singapore hybrid, or something else.
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IPPR proposes creation of ‘shared market’ for UK and EU 17 Dec 2017, 7:02pm IPPR proposes creation of ‘shared market’ for UK and EU
The IPPR proposes a post-Brexit trade deal based on the UK and the EU sharing each other's markets.
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PM signals new Brexit battle over trade deals 17 Dec 2017, 12:24pm PM signals new Brexit battle over trade deals
Theresa May will tell MPs the UK will look to sign trade deals with non-EU countries and prepare new immigration controls during a transitional deal with Brussels.
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UK banks tell May: a Canada-style Brexit deal is not good enough 17 Dec 2017, 11:55am UK banks tell May: a Canada-style Brexit deal is not good enough
Banking trade body urges Theresa May and Philip Hammond to put City at centre of EU talks or risk dealing a major blow to the economy Britain’s banks have written to Theresa May and Philip Hammond warning that a Canada-style free trade agreement with the EU post-Brexit is not ambitious enough and that alignment with EU rules on finance is crucial. The open letter from
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 My fears over Brexit, by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah 17 Dec 2017, 8:49am Updated My fears over Brexit, by Dragons’ Den judge Deborah
She said of Brexit: ‘It’s been going on a little bit too long...I’d like to know what we’re dealing with now. The complications trading outside of the EU are vast, and they’re ever-moving parts.’
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There is hope: Brexit has few zealots and many floating voters | William Keegan 17 Dec 2017, 2:04am There is hope: Brexit has few zealots and many floating voters | William Keegan
As some hard economic truths become clear, the many ideologically uncommitted Britons who chose to leave may start changing their mindsMy football team, AFC Wimbledon, may be languishing down in the third division, as it was once called, but the Conservative MP for Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, showed himself to be in the Premier League last week. In that
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E.U. Leaders Agree to Begin Next Phase of Brexit Talks 15 Dec 2017, 3:26pm E.U. Leaders Agree to Begin Next Phase of Brexit Talks
Their acceptance of a “divorce deal” opens the way for discussions on a transitional period and the nature of trade relations with Britain
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The Guardian view on the Brexit talks: nothing to applaud in Brussels | Editorial 15 Dec 2017, 1:29pm The Guardian view on the Brexit talks: nothing to applaud in Brussels | Editorial
The EU and the UK have agreed to talk about their future relationship. Parliament should take back control of the processThere is one respect – but only one respect – in which the European council’s
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EU leaders agree to move to second-stage Brexit talks - as it happened 15 Dec 2017, 12:00pm EU leaders agree to move to second-stage Brexit talks - as it happened
The EU27 has agreed to a joint proposal from the UK and the European commission to move on to discussions about Britain’s future outside the bloc
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EU leaders agree to move to second-stage Brexit talks - Politics Live 15 Dec 2017, 11:46am Updated EU leaders agree to move to second-stage Brexit talks - Politics Live
The EU27 has agreed to a joint proposal from the UK and the European commission to move on to discussions about Britain’s future outside the bloc
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UK household finances dip after Brexit vote, says Bank of England 15 Dec 2017, 10:37am UK household finances dip after Brexit vote, says Bank of England
Study of over 6,000 households found an increase in people reporting high mortgage debt, repayment costs, and rents Almost a decade of improvements in household finances has started to be unpicked in the year since the EU referendum, according to the
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Madrid offers sun and sanctuary to businesses escaping Brexit 15 Dec 2017, 9:54am Madrid offers sun and sanctuary to businesses escaping Brexit
As Britain prepares to leave the EU, there is acknowledgement that some of the City of London’s losses could be this city’s gains Barely had the results of the EU referendum sunk in when
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Pound drops despite Brexit talks moving on to second phase - as it happened 15 Dec 2017, 9:04am Pound drops despite Brexit talks moving on to second phase - as it happened
Sterling slips back after early gains, even though EU leaders agree to move talks to second phase
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Pound drops despite Brexit talks moving on to second phase - business live 15 Dec 2017, 8:46am Updated Pound drops despite Brexit talks moving on to second phase - business live
Sterling slips back after early gains, even though EU leaders agree to move talks to second phase
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Pound wary as Brexit talks continue - business live 15 Dec 2017, 6:49am Updated Pound wary as Brexit talks continue - business live
Sterling slips back after early gains, but EU leaders expected to agree to move talks on
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Pound edges higher on Brexit hopes - business live 15 Dec 2017, 3:22am Updated Pound edges higher on Brexit hopes - business live
Sterling supported as EU leaders expected to agree to move talks on
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Black Friday lifts UK retail sales despite income squeeze 14 Dec 2017, 11:43am Updated Black Friday lifts UK retail sales despite income squeeze
Official data suggests shoppers are defying inflation increase, weak wage growth and slump in sterling since Brexit vote
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How the Tory rebellion could push May towards a softer Brexit 14 Dec 2017, 8:41am How the Tory rebellion could push May towards a softer Brexit
The PM is now under serious pressure to improve upon the thin gruel of an exit deal that may be heading MPs’ way A little under a year from now, parliament has an opportunity to deliver a rebuke to the government’s Brexit strategy that would make its
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Bank sees boost from Brexit progress 14 Dec 2017, 8:34am Bank sees boost from Brexit progress
The Bank of England says progress in Brexit talks is likely to boost household and business confidence.
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Bank sees reduced risk of disorderly Brexit 14 Dec 2017, 6:53am Bank sees reduced risk of disorderly Brexit
The Bank of England has said it sees a reduced risk of a disorderly Brexit following the Prime Minister's deal to secure trade talks with the EU.
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 Brexit-hit pound forces Britons to cancel long-haul plans 13 Dec 2017, 6:53am Brexit-hit pound forces Britons to cancel long-haul plans
In its annual results, the Berlin-based travel group said it was concerned about whether or not its aircrafts would be able to continue using EU airspace freely after Brexit.
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MPs demand close ties to Euratom post-Brexit 13 Dec 2017, 2:00am MPs demand close ties to Euratom post-Brexit
More than 100 MPs have called on the Government to retain as close a relationship as possible with the body which regulates the nuclear industry across Europe after Brexit.
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As Brexit Looms, Paris Tries a Business Makeover 11 Dec 2017, 9:34pm Updated As Brexit Looms, Paris Tries a Business Makeover
Hoping to woo companies that will move employees from London, leaders in Paris are trying to replace red tape with a red carpet.
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 DAILY BRIEFING: Banks scale back Brexit job cuts estimates 11 Dec 2017, 7:19pm Updated DAILY BRIEFING: Banks scale back Brexit job cuts estimates
Banks have scaled back estimates of jobs that may have to move after Brexit, accountant EY said. In 2016, 12 firms said 12,500 roles would move abroad. Now, 26 are expecting just 10,500 relocations in total.
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Govt scrambles to avoid defeat on Brexit bill 11 Dec 2017, 6:06pm Govt scrambles to avoid defeat on Brexit bill
The Government is scrambling to avoid a defeat on key Brexit legislation just hours before the Prime Minister travels to an EU summit on Thursday.
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Chancellor to unveil series of UK-China deals 11 Dec 2017, 7:22am Chancellor to unveil series of UK-China deals
The chief executive of the London Stock Exchange (LSE) will join Philip Hammond on a trade mission to China this week aimed at demonstrating post-Brexit trade opportunities for Britain’s financial services sector, as well as delivering a boost to the embattled company.
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Brexit: City of London will lose 10,500 jobs on day one, says EY 11 Dec 2017, 6:59am Brexit: City of London will lose 10,500 jobs on day one, says EY
Dublin and Frankfurt are most likely to benefit from UK’s departure from EU, says accountancy firm City firms plan to move 10,500 jobs out of the UK on “day one” of Brexit, with Dublin and Frankfurt the financial centres most likely to benefit from the UK’s departure from the EU. The job tracker compiled by accountants EY found that the number of roles likely to be affected had fallen from estimates of 12,500 a year ago. But it also concluded that the jobs being impacted by Brexit were not just the “back office” ones that had initially been expected but were also “front office” staff who deal directly with clients.
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Ahead of Brexit, Paris Tries a Business Makeover 10 Dec 2017, 8:32pm Updated Ahead of Brexit, Paris Tries a Business Makeover
Hoping to woo companies that will move employees from London, leaders in Paris are trying to replace red tape with a red carpet.
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Criticisms of McDonnell sign Tories know stance on borrowing is defunct | Larry Elliott 10 Dec 2017, 8:01am Criticisms of McDonnell sign Tories know stance on borrowing is defunct | Larry Elliott
Obsession with debt reduction has been disastrous and arguments against a borrow-to-invest approach no longer pass muster Rarely has a chancellor had to publish economic forecasts as downbeat as those in last month’s budget, but so far the political fall out has been minimal. Philip Hammond has had a good couple of weeks. That is partly explained by the focus on other matters, such as the investigation into Damian Green and, of course, Brexit. But an added bonus for Hammond is that the post-budget attention has not been on him but on John McDonnell, his Labour shadow.
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Low skills, low pay: that’s really why Brexit campaigners want to be out 9 Dec 2017, 12:00pm Low skills, low pay: that’s really why Brexit campaigners want to be out
Hard Brexit is still a clear prospect: and while leftwing and centrist Leavers may see new futures, the right has always envisaged a return to 70s BritainA hard Brexit is still on the cards despite the cheers of business leaders for
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Brexit: What still needs to be worked out? 9 Dec 2017, 5:18am Brexit: What still needs to be worked out?
As the first phase of talks come to an end, what's been agreed and what is still to come?
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 Brexit deal sends sterling to six-month high against euro 8 Dec 2017, 7:21pm Updated Brexit deal sends sterling to six-month high against euro
Currency traders bought sterling, sending it to €1.15, after the European Commission's announcement that 'sufficient progress' had been made in the first phase of Brexit talks.
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Housebuilder Berkeley Group posts 36% jump in half-year profits 8 Dec 2017, 1:59pm Updated Housebuilder Berkeley Group posts 36% jump in half-year profits
London-centric builder of upmarket homes ups its long-term forecast after reporting profits of £533m and revenues of £1.6bn Housebuilder Berkeley Group has posted a 36% leap in half-year profits and raised its profit expectations, despite warning of Brexit uncertainty.
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Pound edges higher after Brexit breakthrough - business live 8 Dec 2017, 6:00am Updated Pound edges higher after Brexit breakthrough - business live
The pound rises against the euro after breakthrough in Brussels on Irish border talks
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Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal 8 Dec 2017, 5:48am Brexit: Business calls for more clarity over deal
Despite news of a "breakthrough" deal, companies want certainty about EU citizens living in the UK.
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CBI: Business needs more Brexit clarity 8 Dec 2017, 3:09am CBI: Business needs more Brexit clarity
Companies want guarantees about the status of EU citizens living in the UK, the lobby group warns.
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Deal agreed in Brexit talks 8 Dec 2017, 2:30am Updated Deal agreed in Brexit talks
Theresa May says there will be no hard border in Northern Ireland, as EU gives the go ahead for talks to move on.
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Pound falls despite Brexit talks breakthrough 8 Dec 2017, 1:49am Pound falls despite Brexit talks breakthrough
The pound has failed to rally despite progress in the UK's effort to begin post-Brexit trade talks.
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Brexit could spark UK borders chaos, MPs warn 7 Dec 2017, 5:28pm Brexit could spark UK borders chaos, MPs warn
Brexit could cause chaos at Britain's borders, with not enough parking spaces for lorries awaiting customs checks and problems with IT systems, according to MPs.
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Pound under pressure amid Brexit deadlock, but bitcoin zooms through $14,000 – business live 7 Dec 2017, 5:55am Updated Pound under pressure amid Brexit deadlock, but bitcoin zooms through $14,000 – business live
All the day’s economic and financial news, as City traders look for progress in the Brexit talks - and watch Bitcoin head ever higher
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 ALEX BRUMMER: Takeover bids defy the Brexit gloom 6 Dec 2017, 4:51pm ALEX BRUMMER: Takeover bids defy the Brexit gloom
The Hammerson takeover of rival property outfit Intu and Cineworld’s bid for America movie chain Rega illustrate that in Brexit Britain multi-billion pound deals are still possible.
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Markets edgy on geopolitical worries, but bitcoin surges through $12,000 - as it happened 6 Dec 2017, 12:34pm Markets edgy on geopolitical worries, but bitcoin surges through $12,000 - as it happened
Worries over Brexit, US tax reforms and the debt ceiling are all weighing on shares today
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 MARKETS CLOSE: FTSE 100 higher but pound finishes lower 6 Dec 2017, 12:04pm MARKETS CLOSE: FTSE 100 higher but pound finishes lower
David Davis admitted no Brexit impact assessments have been carried out by Whitehall.
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Markets edgy on geopolitical worries, but bitcoin surges through $12,000 - business live 6 Dec 2017, 11:19am Markets edgy on geopolitical worries, but bitcoin surges through $12,000 - business live
Worries over Brexit, US tax reforms and the debt ceiling are all weighing on shares today
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Markets hit by geopolitical worries, but bitcoin surges through $12,000 - business live 6 Dec 2017, 11:03am Updated Markets hit by geopolitical worries, but bitcoin surges through $12,000 - business live
Worries over Brexit, US tax reforms and the debt ceiling are all weighing on shares today
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Hammond says cabinet has not had specific discussion about final Brexit outcome it wants - Politics live 6 Dec 2017, 10:53am Updated Hammond says cabinet has not had specific discussion about final Brexit outcome it wants - Politics live
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs, David Davis being questioned by the Brexit committee and Philip Hammond being questioned by the Treasury committee
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Hamond floats custom union style Brexit deal 6 Dec 2017, 10:25am Hamond floats custom union style Brexit deal
Philip Hammond has floated the idea of the UK remaining in a customs union style arrangement - but said the Cabinet had yet to agree on an "end-state" for Brexit.
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Sector-by-sector Brexit impact forecasts do not exist, says David Davis 6 Dec 2017, 9:20am Sector-by-sector Brexit impact forecasts do not exist, says David Davis
Some MPs call for Brexit secretary to be held in contempt of parliament if it is found he held back details of assessments The UK government has produced no economic forecasts on the likely impact of Brexit on various sectors of the economy, David Davis has told a committee of MPs who have attempted to examine the studies. The revelation prompted calls from some MPs for the Brexit secretary to be held in contempt of parliament if it is found that he has held back any details of such assessments, which a vote in the House of Commons last month
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Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs - Politics live 6 Dec 2017, 7:20am Updated Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs - Politics live
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs, David Davis being questioned by the Brexit committee and Philip Hammond being questioned by the Treasury committee
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David Davis says government has not assessed impact of Brexit for different sections of economy - Politics live 6 Dec 2017, 5:54am Updated David Davis says government has not assessed impact of Brexit for different sections of economy - Politics live
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn at PMQs, David Davis being questioned by the Brexit committee and Philip Hammond being questioned by the Treasury committee
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German firms may reconsider UK links without Brexit clarity 5 Dec 2017, 7:10pm German firms may reconsider UK links without Brexit clarity
Companies that do business in the UK need clarity on a Brexit deal by March, Germany's BDI warns.
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The issue threatening to derail Brexit 5 Dec 2017, 2:22pm The issue threatening to derail Brexit
Why the Irish border question is proving to be one of the toughest issues for Theresa May to resolve.
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 MARKETS CLOSE: London shares up but the pound is down 5 Dec 2017, 12:27pm MARKETS CLOSE: London shares up but the pound is down
In focus today was the failed Brexit talks yesterday as PM Theresa May tries to salvage a deal with the EU. The FTSE 100 index at the close was down 11.47 at 7327.50.
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 MARKETS LIVE: London shares up but the pound is down 5 Dec 2017, 11:09am Updated MARKETS LIVE: London shares up but the pound is down
In focus today will be the fallout from yesterday’s failed Brexit talks as PM Theresa May tries to salvage a deal with the EU.
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UK consumers face sharpest price rise in services for nearly a decade 5 Dec 2017, 7:55am UK consumers face sharpest price rise in services for nearly a decade
Companies such as hotels and restaurants, IT and financial firms blamed weak pound since the Brexit vote for forcing up prices Consumers face the sharpest rise in prices charged by services firms in almost a decade, according to a survey, as a range of businesses from hotels to IT companies seek to protect profits against rising costs since the EU referendum. According to a survey from data firm IHS Markit and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS), companies in the services industries – such as hotels and restaurants, IT, financial services, transport and communications – blamed the weak pound since the Brexit vote for forcing them to drive up prices in November at the fastest pace since February 2008. That was the the second-fastest rise seen since the survey began in 1996.
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Housebuilders issue Brexit plea as poll shows UK reliance on EU workers 5 Dec 2017, 1:01am Housebuilders issue Brexit plea as poll shows UK reliance on EU workers
Home Builders Federation says one in six builders are from EU and calls for permit system for skilled workers to build more homes and ease housing crisis More than one in six people working on housebuilding sites across Britain come from other EU countries, rising to half of site workers in London, according to a new report. A survey of 37,000 housebuilding workers across Britain shows 17.7% are from the EU. More than half of those come from Romania, with 12% from Poland and almost 10% from Ireland.
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UK and EU fail to strike Brexit talks deal 4 Dec 2017, 6:04pm Updated UK and EU fail to strike Brexit talks deal
The talks are understood to have broken down after the DUP rejected an Irish border concession.
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 MARKETS LIVE: London shares push higher as May jets off 4 Dec 2017, 11:11am Updated MARKETS LIVE: London shares push higher as May jets off
In focus today will be all-important Brexit talks taking place in Brussels.
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Brexit: 50-50 chance of breakthrough says leading MEP 4 Dec 2017, 7:08am Updated Brexit: 50-50 chance of breakthrough says leading MEP
The UK and EU are trying to resolve differences in Brussels so that talks can move to future trade.
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UK economy to remain sluggish, says CBI 4 Dec 2017, 2:02am UK economy to remain sluggish, says CBI
The business group says "tepid" growth will continue next year amid Brexit uncertainty.
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Brexit impact on UK pharma industry to be investigated 3 Dec 2017, 7:14pm Brexit impact on UK pharma industry to be investigated
Rachel Reeves says uncertainty about Brexit is "very concerning" for the UK pharmaceutical industry.
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 Trainline talks to Labour as Brexit raises Election fears 3 Dec 2017, 6:43pm Updated Trainline talks to Labour as Brexit raises Election fears
Trainline, which is owned by private equity firm KKR, said in its annual report that it was facing risks from Brexit and ‘current political uncertainties’.
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No Brexit unless we back Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt says 3 Dec 2017, 5:34pm Updated No Brexit unless we back Theresa May, Jeremy Hunt says
The minister's warning comes as leading Brexit supporters issue a list of demands for Theresa May.
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The Brexit ‘patriots’ care little for British history or influence 3 Dec 2017, 2:00am The Brexit ‘patriots’ care little for British history or influence
Those who seek a hard exit from the EU do so in defiance of old allies in Europe and beyond, and of long-held principles of UK foreign policyPhilip Hammond’s recent budget – are you old enough to remember it? – was completely overshadowed by the gloomy analysis of our economy, present and future, presented by the Office for Budget Responsibility on the same day. Politically, the chancellor was constrained by the knowledge that the minority of deranged Brexiters who seem to be running this government were out for his blood. However, he managed, with limited room for manoeuvre, to ward off the hyenas for the time being. Why, the prime minister – who had earlier contemplated sacking him – even turned up for the Treasury’s post-budget drinks.
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London: Banks and passporting rights after Brexit 1 Dec 2017, 9:11am London: Banks and passporting rights after Brexit
Could the City of London remain the financial centre of Europe after Brexit?
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Fortnum and Mason boss says Brexit vote hurt UK brand 1 Dec 2017, 8:44am Fortnum and Mason boss says Brexit vote hurt UK brand
Fortnum and Mason boss says the store is suffering European staff shortages due to the Brexit vote.
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 What happens to my private workplace pension after Brexit? 1 Dec 2017, 7:25am Updated What happens to my private workplace pension after Brexit?
Will I be able to access my pension, withdraw money, or move it in another pension fund if I am no longer living in the UK at retirement?
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The £50bn Brexit bill isn’t such a terrible deal – especially if we pay via QE | Phil McDuff 1 Dec 2017, 4:50am The £50bn Brexit bill isn’t such a terrible deal – especially if we pay via QE | Phil McDuff
Against the £435bn Britain already owes itself as a result of printing money, a sum this size shouldn’t be an issue – but the government has made it oneThe UK government’s crack negotiating team, after much bluster, has finally
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Pound holds above $1.35 while FTSE falls 1 Dec 2017, 4:18am Pound holds above $1.35 while FTSE falls
Sterling hangs on to recent gains that were driven by hopes of a Brexit deal.
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Labour leader calls bankers speculators and gamblers 30 Nov 2017, 6:09pm Labour leader calls bankers speculators and gamblers
Jeremy Corbyn retaliates after Morgan Stanley says a Labour government could be a bigger risk than Brexit.
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Corbyn hits back at Morgan Stanley in banker row 30 Nov 2017, 1:51pm Corbyn hits back at Morgan Stanley in banker row
Jeremy Corbyn has issued a furious retort to Morgan Stanley after the major investment bank warned a Labour election victory could pose a bigger threat to British business than Brexit.
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Pound goes over $1.35 on Brexit hopes 30 Nov 2017, 12:51pm Pound goes over $1.35 on Brexit hopes
Sterling continues to climb on reports the UK has offered to pay up to €50bn to settle its EU "divorce bill".
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Net migration falls by more than 100,000 after Brexit vote 30 Nov 2017, 7:52am Updated Net migration falls by more than 100,000 after Brexit vote
Net migration was down by nearly a third to 230,000 in the year since the referendum, figures show.
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Pound rises on hopes of Brexit progress 30 Nov 2017, 7:45am Updated Pound rises on hopes of Brexit progress
Sterling continues to climb on reports the UK has offered to pay up to €50bn to settle its EU "divorce bill".
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Gloomy consumers shunning major purchases 30 Nov 2017, 3:10am Gloomy consumers shunning major purchases
Consumer confidence has fallen to its lowest level since just after the Brexit vote as households shun major purchases according to a closely-watched survey.
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Snow business 29 Nov 2017, 7:02pm Snow business
Skiing faces a number of challenges, including ageing participants, climate change, and even Brexit.
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Pound rallies as progress on Brexit divorce bill raises trade talk hopes 29 Nov 2017, 1:49pm Pound rallies as progress on Brexit divorce bill raises trade talk hopes
Sterling up against both dollar and euro after news of potential breakthrough on financial settlement between UK and EU The pound has climbed to its highest level in almost two months against the dollar amid hopes that progress on
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Pound rallies on £50bn Brexit bill hopes; US growth revised up – business live 29 Nov 2017, 12:46pm Updated Pound rallies on £50bn Brexit bill hopes; US growth revised up – business live
Sterling is rallying amid reports that the UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill, in an attempt to start discussing trade
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Pound hits two-month high after £50bn Brexit bill reports – business live 29 Nov 2017, 8:29am Updated Pound hits two-month high after £50bn Brexit bill reports – business live
Sterling is rallying amid reports that the UK has bowed to EU demands on the Brexit divorce bill, in an attempt to start discussing trade
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Budget: prospects for growth are not looking good, and may get worse 28 Nov 2017, 7:18pm Budget: prospects for growth are not looking good, and may get worse
The UK faces the longest period of falling living standards since the 1950s – and that grim forecast is based on Brexit going well That was the
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 Banks pass doomsday Brexit test 28 Nov 2017, 5:55pm Banks pass doomsday Brexit test
The Old Lady tested Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, Nationwide, Santander UK, Standard Chartered and Royal Bank of Scotland to see how they would cope in a severe recession.
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Brexit: SMMT urges progress on transitional Brexit deal 28 Nov 2017, 3:30pm Updated Brexit: SMMT urges progress on transitional Brexit deal
The UK car industry's trade body calls for quicker progress on a transitional UK-EU trade period.
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Who will win the Anglo-Dutch struggle to woo Unilever? | Nils Pratley 28 Nov 2017, 2:40pm Who will win the Anglo-Dutch struggle to woo Unilever? | Nils Pratley
The consumer goods giant says it will choose between London and Rotterdam for its sole headquarters later this year Paul Polman, chief executive of Unilever, is a considerate fellow. Instead of infuriating either Theresa May or her Dutch counterpart, Mark Rutte, at a delicate moment in the Brexit talks, he will do so at a later date. The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant had said it would choose between London and Rotterdam for its sole headquarters by the end of this year. Now the announcement will come “in due course.” Only 100 jobs or so will be affected directly, but do not doubt that the location of Unilever’s HQ matters to politicians. Look at what has happened since April, which was when the Dove-to-Lipton group launched the review of its dual-headed Anglo-Dutch structure.
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 Brexit will lead to weak growth and more unemployment 28 Nov 2017, 2:09pm Updated Brexit will lead to weak growth and more unemployment
Painting a gloomy picture, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said the country's economy will grow by 1.5 per cent this year, before falling to 1.2 per cent in 2018 and 1.1 per cent in 2019.
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 MARKETS LIVE: FTSE bank shares in focus   28 Nov 2017, 12:04pm Updated MARKETS LIVE: FTSE bank shares in focus  
The Bank warned that it would need to look at whether banks needed to boost their financial balance sheet strength in case of a 'disorderly' Brexit.
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Rising household debt and stagnant pay major threats to UK, says OECD 28 Nov 2017, 11:09am Rising household debt and stagnant pay major threats to UK, says OECD
Thinktank downgrades growth forecast for 2017, saying Brexit uncertainty will mean Britain missing global upswing next year Rising household debt and flatlining wages are becoming a major financial stability risk as Britain slows as a consequence of Brexit, the
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Survival after disorderly Brexit is possible, says Mark Carney 28 Nov 2017, 10:16am Survival after disorderly Brexit is possible, says Mark Carney
Lender stress tests show impact of disorderly Brexit would be ‘no worse’ than this year’s tests which were at extreme of what might be expected Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, described the result of this year’s stress tests on seven major lenders as evidence they can withstand a disorderly Brexit. Carney said the Bank had reached this judgment after considering a variety of factors, including the logistical impact faced by airlines and customs, as well as issues the City faces from processing complex derivatives transactions without a transition deal.
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Stress tests: Bank of England warns disorderly Brexit would be painful - live! 28 Nov 2017, 9:02am Updated Stress tests: Bank of England warns disorderly Brexit would be painful - live!
Britain’s biggest lenders have enough capital to cope with a recession, a house price crash and rising unemployment
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Brexit has bumped us from the fast lane to the slow lane – experts debate the data 28 Nov 2017, 6:40am Brexit has bumped us from the fast lane to the slow lane – experts debate the data
Has Brexit caused the recent slowdown in the UK economy? Two former MPC members discuss the economic indicators
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How has the Brexit vote affected the UK economy? November verdict 28 Nov 2017, 6:40am How has the Brexit vote affected the UK economy? November verdict
How has the economy reacted to the vote to leave the EU?
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The Brexit economy: is the worst of the 2017 slowdown over? 28 Nov 2017, 6:40am The Brexit economy: is the worst of the 2017 slowdown over?
The UK economy has been steadied by static inflation and rising exports just as the exceptional uncertainty of Brexit looms larger and larger Britain’s economy is showing signs of coming through the worst of its 2017 slowdown, according to a Guardian analysis, as exporters benefit from an improving global economy and inflation remained steady. In the week after Chancellor
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Banks pass Brexit stress tests 28 Nov 2017, 2:13am Banks pass Brexit stress tests
The tests have a set of adverse economic scenarios to see if banks could lend money to back the economy.
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Brexit: Irish border cannot be settled until trade deal agreed, says Fox 27 Nov 2017, 2:09am Brexit: Irish border cannot be settled until trade deal agreed, says Fox
EU has warned trade talks cannot start next month unless agreement is reached, with Ireland unhappy with proposals to date A final decision on the Northern Irish border cannot be made until a UK-EU trade deal has been agreed, Liam Fox has said, despite warnings from Brussels that
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Philip Hammond could be putting the UK on course for another recession 26 Nov 2017, 10:58am Philip Hammond could be putting the UK on course for another recession
Falling real incomes, rising debt and low productivity are pushing us towards the danger zone – and measures announced in the budget may not be enough On the historical average, Philip Hammond should be worried. Recessions have tended to occur once in every decade since the 1970s, and we’re now almost 10 years from the start of the last one. But while Brexit might be the obvious catalyst – for which the chancellor earmarked £3bn in emergency funding at the budget – two lost decades of earnings growth and more austerity to come should be just as troubling. In this regard, Hammond may be putting us all on course for another crash.
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 Government to unveil post-Brexit Industrial Strategy 26 Nov 2017, 9:33am Updated Government to unveil post-Brexit Industrial Strategy
The White Paper will outline plans to improve productivity and growth, support promising industries and encourage investment.
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Australia knocks UK Brexit trade plan 25 Nov 2017, 4:42am Australia knocks UK Brexit trade plan
The trade minister says splitting quotas of food imports could leave other countries out of pocket.
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UK consumer confidence hits lowest level since Brexit vote - as it happened 24 Nov 2017, 1:02pm UK consumer confidence hits lowest level since Brexit vote - as it happened
The Bank of England’s interest rate rise has made Britons gloomier about economic prospects
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UK consumer confidence hits lowest level since Brexit vote, but German business confidence soars - business live 24 Nov 2017, 12:09pm Updated UK consumer confidence hits lowest level since Brexit vote, but German business confidence soars - business live
The Bank of England’s interest rate rise has made Britons gloomier about economic prospects
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Amsterdam aims to score more Brexit wins after luring medicines agency 24 Nov 2017, 8:12am Amsterdam aims to score more Brexit wins after luring medicines agency
Dutch leaders say the European regulator’s move from London is the result of years of effort to attract business Like the prudent and pragmatic people they are, the team behind Amsterdam’s bid to host the European Medicines Agency had no champagne on ice the night the EU was choosing the
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UK consumer confidence hits lowest level since Brexit vote - business live 24 Nov 2017, 4:12am Updated UK consumer confidence hits lowest level since Brexit vote - business live
The Bank of England’s interest rate rise has made Britons gloomier about economic prospects
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Brexit has created a political climate no budget can fix | Martin Kettle 23 Nov 2017, 2:43pm Brexit has created a political climate no budget can fix | Martin Kettle
Philip Hammond’s efforts are mostly futile. Old party loyalties are now torn and the Tories and Labour are in denialFormer chancellor Ken Clarke writes in his memoirs that in British political history there is nothing so dead and forgotten as old budgets. That must be reassuring news for Philip Hammond. The current chancellor’s
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UK faces two decades of no earnings growth, IFS warns 23 Nov 2017, 2:23pm Updated UK faces two decades of no earnings growth, IFS warns
Thinktank says budget shows Brexit uncertainty and loss of productivity could put wages below their 2008 level in 2022 Britain’s leading financial thinktank has warned workers to expect an unprecedented two lost decades of earnings growth and many more years of austerity as a result of the marked slowdown in the economy announced in Philip Hammond’s budget. The Institute for Fiscal Studies said in its traditional post-budget analysis that new forecasts slashing productivity, earnings and growth in every year until 2022 made “pretty grim reading”, and predicted that even by the middle of the next decade Britain’s public finances would still be in the red.
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Gove claims Brexit will allow UK to protect puppies and other animals with tougher welfare rules - Politics live 23 Nov 2017, 7:55am Updated Gove claims Brexit will allow UK to protect puppies and other animals with tougher welfare rules - Politics live
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including reaction to the budget, Philip Hammond’s morning interviews and the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ post-budget briefing.
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Budget 2017: MPs rally round Hammond after growth gloom 23 Nov 2017, 3:07am Updated Budget 2017: MPs rally round Hammond after growth gloom
Economic forecasts put the chancellor under pressure but Tory MPs back him on stamp duty and Brexit.
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For the UK economy, this budget is its Suez moment 22 Nov 2017, 2:13pm For the UK economy, this budget is its Suez moment
Hammond may have called time on austerity but his money is too little, too late – with Brexit looming the weak economy needs to be put on war footing The 1956
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U.K. Finance Minister Seeks to Placate Angry Young Voters 22 Nov 2017, 12:34pm U.K. Finance Minister Seeks to Placate Angry Young Voters
With Brexit looming large, more-affordable housing featured prominently as Philip Hammond presented his budget to Parliament.
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 MARKETS LIVE: FTSE 100 ticks higher 22 Nov 2017, 12:07pm Updated MARKETS LIVE: FTSE 100 ticks higher
In focus is the UK Autumn Budget and what Chancellor Hammond does or does not give away, given the fiscal constraints he faces in preparing the economy for Brexit.
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 Hammond delivers make-or-break Budget for Brexit 22 Nov 2017, 9:55am Updated Hammond delivers make-or-break Budget for Brexit
Philip Hammond is vowing to make Britain 'fit for the future' today as he delivers a make-or-break Budget that could define Brexit - and decide his own fate.
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Help for housing or a kick in the teeth for the young? Our writers on the budget | Matthew d’Ancona, Faiza Shaheen, Jonathan Freedland and Frances Ryan 22 Nov 2017, 9:53am Help for housing or a kick in the teeth for the young? Our writers on the budget | Matthew d’Ancona, Faiza Shaheen, Jonathan Freedland and Frances Ryan
Philip Hammond has held on to his own job, for now. But his budget changes may prove little more than window dressing as Brexit looms
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Budget 2017 cuts stamp duty for first time buyers 22 Nov 2017, 9:50am Updated Budget 2017 cuts stamp duty for first time buyers
The chancellor also says £3bn will be spent on Brexit planning and lowers UK growth forecasts in his Budget.
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 Dutch and French bid for Britain’s post-Brexit passport 22 Nov 2017, 9:25am Dutch and French bid for Britain’s post-Brexit passport
Dutch and French digital security firms are bidding against Britain’s De La Rue for the right to print Britain’s first post-Brexit passport.
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Budget 2017 pledge to cut universal credit waiting time 22 Nov 2017, 8:29am Budget 2017 pledge to cut universal credit waiting time
The chancellor also says £3bn will be spent on Brexit planning - and lowers UK growth forecasts.
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Budget 2017: Hammond pledges £3bn for Brexit preparations 22 Nov 2017, 8:13am Updated Budget 2017: Hammond pledges £3bn for Brexit preparations
The chancellor says the government will prepare for "every possible outcome" as he delivers his Budget.
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Extra cash for NHS and Brexit as growth down 22 Nov 2017, 8:09am Extra cash for NHS and Brexit as growth down
The Chancellor has announced an emergency cash injection for the NHS and extra money to plan for Brexit, as he revealed economic growth has been revised down.
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Autumn budget 2017: Philip Hammond sets aside extra £3bn for Brexit preparation - live updates 22 Nov 2017, 7:44am Autumn budget 2017: Philip Hammond sets aside extra £3bn for Brexit preparation - live updates
Rolling coverage as chancellor Philip Hammond delivers the 2017 autumn budget at 12.30pm
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B&Q and John Lewis warn of tough market as inflation and Brexit bite 22 Nov 2017, 2:23am Updated B&Q and John Lewis warn of tough market as inflation and Brexit bite
Retailers say households facing squeeze on real incomes are putting off purchases as they go into key Christmas period Britons are putting off major home appliance and furniture purchases and DIY projects, in the latest sign that household budgets are under pressure in the run-up to Christmas. On Tuesday, the DIY chain B&Q, the department store chain John Lewis and AO, the online electrical retailer, joined the list of companies warning of tough trading conditions, as the slowdown in the housing market has a knock-on effect on demand for everything from fitted kitchens and bathrooms to sofas and washing machines.
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 Alex Brummer: Damaging brawl at the LSE 21 Nov 2017, 10:46am Updated Alex Brummer: Damaging brawl at the LSE
As a pillar of the City of London the exchange is meant to be an exemplar of good governance. It is also immensely important to Britain's prosperity as we move towards Brexit.
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Brexit sending UK space firms out of orbit 21 Nov 2017, 9:30am Brexit sending UK space firms out of orbit
UK companies are already starting to lose out on European space contracts as a result of Brexit, MPs have heard.
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