Former UK prime minister Theresa May. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Boris Johnson has seen off a Conservative backbench revolt over a cut in the UK’s international aid budget, winning a Commons motion in favour of the (...)

Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak: his answer to Britain’s low productivity is a ‘super deduction’ to encourage firms to invest. Photograph: Getty

Rishi Sunak’s budget was politically adroit, offering relief and support to businesses and households as they emerge from coronavirus restrictions, bu(...)

The parties we all want to throw could start quite soon – provided economic policy plays its part

The collective noun for a group of ladybirds is a “loveliness”. That stands in stark contrast to descriptions for a collection of economists. My own f(...)

UK prime minister Boris Johnson. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty

As negotiations between Britain and the European Union enter what must be their last days, the two sides remain deadlocked on the three outstanding is(...)

The chancellor’s problem is that the economic cycle is not aligned with the political one and the timing of any fiscal tightening is highly problematic. Photograph: AFP via Getty

Rishi Sunak’s spending review was full of grim warnings and eye-watering numbers about the scale of the impact of coronavirus on Britain’s economy and(...)

Primrose Hill in London. Photograph: Henry Nicholls/Reuters

Chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak has warned that the British government will not be able to protect every business and every household during t(...)

Rishi Sunak, the British chancellor of the exchequer, ahead of presenting the budget in parliament. The UK government is set to ramp up borrowing. Photograph: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Forget Brexit, forget the resurgence of English nationalism, forget the divisive issue of immigration that prefigures so much of contemporary British (...)

 UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond holds the red Budget box  on Monday. Photograph: EPA/Andy Rain

It’s only the day after the budget that the full extent of a chancellor’s generosity – or stinginess – tends to become apparent, once the number crunc(...)

UK chancellor Philip Hammond said “austerity is finally coming to an end” as he hailed a significant improvement in the country’s public finances. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA UK chancellor Philip Hammond said “austerity is finally coming to an end” as he hailed a significant improvement in the country’s public finances

Technology giants Google, Facebook and Amazon will face a new digital services tax in Britain from 2020 under plans announced by chancellor of the exc(...)

Philip Hammond has broken with the tradition of delivering the autumn statement on a Wednesday – October 31st, also known as Halloween. Photograph:  Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Having to deliver a budget three weeks early is hard enough for any chancellor, let alone with Brexit looming. It’s harder still when the books don’t (...)

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