European Union leaders agreed to grant prime minister Theresa May a new Brexit deadline of October 31, diplomats told Reuters after French President Emmanuel Macron opposed summit efforts to give her another year.

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The British economy continued to grow 0.2% in February from a month earlier as manufacturers rushed to stockpile goods before Brexit, according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.

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Train companies face a pensions black hole of up to £7.5bn, the Pensions Regulator has warned. The warning was made in a letter to lawyers representing the rail industry trade body, the Rail Delivery Group.