The government is holding out the possibility of compromise with the Labour Party to try to win support in parliament for leaving the European Union with a deal, just days before the latest Brexit date.

Meanwhile, EU leaders prepare to give prime minister Theresa May more time to deal with parliamentary impasse at home.


Accountancy giant KPMG is planning an overhaul of its British business to create an independent audit firm, regardless of any decision by the competition regulator to force a break-up of the Big Four accounting firms.

KPMG’s audit practice has 200 partners and about 5,000 staff, who could move to a standalone entity or to a subsidiary of KPMG if the plans go ahead, according to the Times newspaper.


GCHQ’s Dr Ian Levy has told the BBC tech group Huawei’s “shoddy” engineering practices mean its mobile network equipment could be banned from Westminster and other sensitive parts of the UK.