MPs are to debate and vote on the next steps in the Brexit process later, as Theresa May continues to try to get a deal through Parliament.

A series of amendments – designed to change the direction of Brexit – will be considered in the debate, which is expected to be a routine procedure.

The government’s push to roll over EU trade deals from which the UK currently benefits has yielded agreements covering only £16bn of the near-£117bn of British trade with the countries involved.

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Three former BT executives, including two who were based in London, have been named in an investigation into alleged accounting fraud  in the company’s Italian division, a scandal that forced it to write off £530m and claimed the scalp of its European chief.