Ulster Bank parent’s Royal Bank of Scotland unexpectedly posted a second-quarter profit as the British government prepares to reduce its stake in the lender, even as it set aside more money for litigation and restructuring. (Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg)

Ulster Bank parent’s Royal Bank of Scotland unexpectedly posted a second-quarter profit as the British government prepares to reduce its stake in the(...)

British chancellor  George Osborne  and French economy minister Emmanuel Macron: the negotiations on the  Greek bailout strengthened the argument of British Eurosceptics. Photograph: Eric Piermont/AFP/Getty Images 1:04

Britain’s plan to renegotiate its relationship with the EU was back in the news this week as George Osborne kicked off a fresh round of diplomatic eff(...)

 Land Rover   manufacturing plant in Solihull, UK : Manufacturing in Britain shrank by 0.3 per cent in the second quarter, the sector’s worst performance since early 2013. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

The road to economic recovery has been long and hard. Now, finally, Britain’s gross domestic product per head of population has returned to levels las(...)

Employers group Ibec said steps were needed to cut the higher marginal tax rate and the number of workers who pay it. It also called for an overhaul of childcare. Photograph: Getty Images

Business lobby Ibec has called on the Government to boost capital expenditure next year by €1 billion and ease the income tax burden on higher earners(...)

Clara (Jenna Coleman) from the forthcoming series of the BBC’s sci-fi export ‘Doctor Who’, which has been growing its audience in North America. Photograph: BBC

The BBC has got a big new show coming up called The Hunt, which “celebrates nature’s cleverest and most determined predators and their elusive prey”. (...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne: the longstanding “living wage” campaign, encouraging big employers to pay more than the statutory minimum, has gained traction. Photograph: Andrew Yates/Reuters

The 2015 election was an almost unmitigated disaster for Ed Miliband and the UK Labour party. Yet there was one significant success – an intellectual (...)

(Left - right) Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, former MP Michelle Gildernew, vice president Mary Lou McDonald and Deputy First Minister  Martin McGuinness outside the Palace of Westminster in London on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

Sinn Féin leaders Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness have urged British prime minister David Cameron to provide Stormont with a “workable” budget in or(...)

Britain posted the smallest budget deficit for any June since 2008 as tax revenues from personal incomes and corporate profits surged. Net borrowing (...)

Martin Wheatley: led the authority from its inception in April 2013. Photograph: Getty Images

Martin Wheatley, the chief executive of the UK financial regulator who led a post-crisis crackdown on errant banks, has resigned after being told by c(...)

European Stability Mechanism (ESM) managing director Klaus Regling: says  he expects the IMF to contribute to any third bailout package, once Greece’s arrears with it have been paid.  Photograph: Julien Warnand/EPA

The International Monetary Fund has warned that Greece will need significantly more debt relief than has been envisaged by its European lenders, ra(...)