Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt are the final two contenders to become Conservative party leader, and most crucially future prime minister, so their declared aims of renegotiating the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement will be closely watched, as will their preparedness to accept a no-deal Brexit.

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Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England, has said the central bank will examine how to allow digital companies to access its payment system and even keep funds at the bank overnight.

The Bank of England warned the economic outlook for the UK is weakening but left its main rate of interest unchanged at 0.75% yesterday, declining to join a central bank bandwagon towards looser monetary policy.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Mansion House speech was interrupted last night by climate change protesters who wore banners declaring a ‘climate emergency.’