British prime minister Boris Johnson: One MP said a vote of confidence in his government would have more chance of success later in October, as the reality of no-deal drew nearer. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/Pool via Reuters

Boris Johnson is preparing for a parliamentary battle against MPs trying to block a no-deal Brexit in the second week of September, as his cross-party(...)

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and European chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier during a  council on article 50 negotiations   at the European Commission in Brussels. Photograph:  Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

The EU could reject Theresa May’s request for an extension to Britain’s membership this week unless she presents a plan to break the impasse at Westmi(...)

Commons speaker John Bercow’s warning to UK prime minister Theresa May scuppered plans to stage a third meaningful vote on her Brexit deal. Photograph: Parliamentary Recording Unit Handout/EPA

Theresa May will make a formal request to EU leaders on Wednesday to delay Brexit by extending the article 50 negotiating deadline as her government a(...)

Ministers continued to negotiate with the DUP over the terms on which it could support Theresa May’s deal. Photograph: Leon Neal/Getty Images

Theresa May’s plan to win parliamentary approval for her Brexit deal was in deep disarray last night after the Speaker of the House of Commons said it(...)

A trader passes the word on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Stock markets peaked three months ago this week and it’s been pretty stressful ever since. The S&P 500 has been marked by a serious escalation in(...)

Wall Street sign in front of the NYSE. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Global stock markets had plenty to cheer in 2017, with most major international indices advancing around 20 per cent. Will the current mood of “ration(...)