Today MPs will vote on delaying Brexit after yesterday they rejected the idea of a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances by 312 to 308 votes.

The vote is not binding – under current law the UK could still leave without a deal on 29 March.


UK firms have reacted angrily to plans for major changes to tariffs in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Business groups accused policymakers of rushing out plans for major changes in trade terms without consulting companies, leaving them with no time to prepare.


In the somewhat overshadowed Spring Statement, Philip Hammond promised a Brexit dividend to boost spending on public infrastructure projects and vital services, after forecasts of lower government borrowing over the next five years swelled the chancellor’s war chest to £26.6bn.

The Chancellor also has called on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to launch an investigation into the £13bn UK digital advertising market dominated by the US tech firms Google and Facebook.