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Britain's public finances delivered a record surplus last month in a boost for Chancellor Philip Hammond ahead of next month's pre-Brexit spring statement. The surplus of £14.9bn - meaning the Treasury received more money than it spent - was £5.6bn greater than the same month last year, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Analysts said it would leave the chancellor scope for more spending to boost growth in the event of a no-deal departure from the European Union.
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The government must reform the tax system to "level the playing field" between online and high street retailers, according to an MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) ' blueprint for saving town centres. The report by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee (HCLG) contains a series of proposals from tax changes to action by local authorities. It followed an inquiry that examined pressures on high streets in the wake of several high profile retail rescues and failures - the latter including those of Toys R Us, Maplin and House of Fraser which was later bought out of administration by Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley.
Sterling weakened on Wednesday after three lawmakers defected from Prime Minister Theresa May's ruling Conservative party in a move that could undermine her Brexit strategy. May has returned to Brussels to try to salvage her Brexit deal which was voted down by Britain's divided parliament last month.
The pound retreated from a one-week high on Wednesday as British Prime Minister Theresa May returned to Brussels to try to salvage her Brexit deal. If May cannot persuade European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker or the British parliament to modify her deal, Britain could crash out of the world's biggest trading block in 37 days. Sterling surged above $1.3 on Tuesday and enjoyed its biggest daily gain of the year against the dollar, partly on hopes of a breakthrough in the Brexit impasse.
Retailers should pay a penny per garment to fund better recycling and try to end the era of throwaway fashion, according to an influential group of MPs. Every year £140m worth of clothes are sent to landfill in the UK. A report by the Environmental Audit Committee (ECA) into clothing waste and sustainability suggested consumption of new clothing in the UK is higher than any other European country.
Seven Labour lawmakers quit on Monday over leader Jeremy Corbyn's approach to Brexit and a row over anti-Semitism, saying Britain's main opposition party had been "hijacked by the machine politics of the hard left". In a direct challenge to Corbyn, the seven centrist MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) said they were courting others from across parliament to join their group, saying "enough is enough" in keeping silent over their doubts about the Labour leader's fitness for office.
MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) calling for a code of ethics to ensure social media platforms remove harmful content from their sites have branded Facebook (Swiss: FB-USD.SW - news) "digital gangsters" in a parliamentary report. The digital, culture, media and sport committee published its findings after an 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news and accused Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) of obstructing its inquiry. The report warned the social media giant was using its dominance to crush rivals and prevent other platforms from competing with it.
MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) are calling for a code of ethics to ensure social media platforms remove harmful content and fake news from their sites. The code, which would also cover illegal content, would be overseen by an independent regulator with the power to launch legal action against companies who breach it. The regulator could issue large fines against social media giants such as Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) and Twitter (Frankfurt: A1W6XZ - news) under the move, which is being called for by the digital, culture, media and sport committee.
Ireland and the European Union are frustrated by the lack of clarity from the British parliament on Brexit, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said on Friday after British Prime Minister Theresa May's ...
One of Britain's biggest providers of workplace pensions will be sold this week following a catalogue of problems which led to it being fined last year by the industry regulator. Sky News has learnt that NOW Pensions is being sold to Cardano, a specialist risk manager which owns Lincoln Pensions, a respected pensions advisory business based in London. A year ago, The Pensions Regulator fined the trustee of NOW Pensions £70,000 and issued an improvement notice to the company.
Accounts filed by retail tycoon Mike Ashley's personal investment firm have revealed a big hit to profits in the year Sports Direct faced outrage over working conditions. The numbers, lodged with Companies House, showed damage to earnings at Mash Holdings from troubles at the retail chain and Newcastle United - the football club he is currently trying to sell. Mr Ashley, via Mash, holds a majority stake in Sports Direct.
MPs have dismissed the Chancellor's claim that there could be a Brexit "deal dividend" for the economy and described his wider goal of balancing the books as having "no credibility". The Treasury select committee said official forecasts already assumed there would be an orderly departure from the EU so a deal would not deliver a boost over and above that. It also said the decision to give a £20bn a year funding boost to the NHS showed the Government's priorities "clearly do not include running a budget surplus" and that this should be abandoned as a stated objective.
Theresa May has accepted the offer of more talks with Jeremy Corbyn to break the Brexit deadlock, boosting chances of a breakthrough. The prime minister indicated their teams should meet "as soon as possible" - with less than 50 days to go until the UK leaves the EU and no agreement ratified by parliament.
Instagram will not allow any graphic images of self-harm on its platform following pressure from parents of suicide victims. The move comes after a demand that social media companies "purge" their platforms of content that promotes self-harm and suicide, made by the family of 14-year-old Molly Russell. Molly's family discovered she had been viewing graphic images of self-harm on the platform before taking her own life.
British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman said on Wednesday it was a question for European Council President Donald Tusk on whether his choice of language about Brexit supporters was helpful, responding to Tusk's remarks in Brussels earlier. "The first thing Donald Tusk said was our most important task is to prevent a no deal.
Average water and sewerage bills will rise by an average of 2% from 1 April, industry body Water UK has announced. It said the below-inflation increase would typically see annual charges rise by £8 to £415 - though the change will vary depending on the supplier and the individual household. Water UK claimed that, over the period from 2015 to 2020, bills would be falling in real terms - that is, taking into account the retail price index measure of inflation - by more than 5%.
Social media firms are facing new laws requiring them to protect users by the end of the year, a government minister has announced. Margot James, the minister for digital and creative industries, announced the measures during her speech at the Safer Internet Day conference. "Where we are now is an absolute indictment of a system that has relied far too little on the rule of law," Ms James added, stressing that the government would be bringing forward laws to tackle social media giants.
Theresa May has risked a fresh backlash from eurosceptic MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) in her own party, after saying she is "not proposing" to scrap the controversial Brexit backstop. Speaking during a visit to Northern Ireland, the prime minister confirmed she would be seeking changes to the insurance policy, which is designed to prevent a hard border reforming on the island of Ireland (Other OTC: IRLD - news) if a trade deal cannot be struck in time. Mrs May restated her "unshakeable" commitment to avoiding a hard border post-Brexit, pledging: "The UK government will not let that happen.
The business secretary offered Nissan up to £80m of "support" in a series of Brexit assurances before it committed to building new models in Sunderland. The revelation is made in a letter Greg Clark wrote to the-now ex-chairman of Nissan, Carlos Ghosn, as the company pondered its investment in the UK in 2016 after the EU referendum. Nissan confirmed days later it was to build new Qashqai and X-Trail models in the North East.
Nissan has told staff in Sunderland the company will not make the new X-Trail there, as previously planned. The firm had been expected to make the announcement to workers in the coming week but brought this forward after Sky News learned of the change of plan on Saturday (Shenzhen: 002291.SZ - news) . Today, Nissan's Europe division boss wrote to Sunderland factory staff confirming the news and telling them the model will continue to be made in Japan.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday she would seek a "pragmatic solution" to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union when she tries to reopen talks with Brussels. With (Other OTC: WWTH - news) less than two months until Britain is due to leave the bloc on March 29, concerns are growing over the risk of a disorderly 'no deal' exit.
MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) have said Brexit uncertainty is to blame for news that Nissan will withdraw from plans to manufacture its X-Trail model in the UK. Nissan had pledged to manufacture the new SUV model in the UK four months after the referendum - a move seen as a major vote of confidence in the country's manufacturing outside the EU. The news casts doubt over Nissan's future investment in the UK, and stokes debate about the future of British car manufacturing less than eight weeks before the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union.
New (KOSDAQ: 160550.KQ - news) laws are needed to hold social media companies to account if they fail to protect young users, according to a report by MPs (BSE: MPSLTD.BO - news) . The report into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people's health says that regulation is the only way to address the risks that the web poses for children. It comes a day after reports that Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB - news) paid children as young as 13 to install software on their phones which allowed the company to watch their every activity.
Barclays (LSE: BARC.L - news) is preparing to pull the trigger on no-deal Brexit plans to shift assets worth £166bn (€190bn) to its Irish division as it "cannot wait any longer" amid continuing political uncertainty, a High Court judgment has revealed. The plans were drawn up by the bank in case of a no-deal scenario which would see UK financial services firms losing "passporting" rights that allow them to provide services across Europe. Details of the move were revealed in a judgment by Mr Justice Snowden that largely approved the "huge" transfer, which will apply to thousands of clients of the bank.