Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered another Commons defeat after MPs voted down her approach to Brexit talks.

MPs voted by 303 to 258 – a majority of 45 – against a motion endorsing the government’s negotiating strategy.

The defeat has no legal force and Downing Street said it would not change the PM’s approach to talks with the EU.


A rare copy of a 15th-century printed book that set down the principles of modern accounting and double-entry bookkeeping by Franciscan friar Luca Pacioli is is up for sale.

The 1494 work Summa de arithmetica, geometria, proportioni et proportionalita for the first time provided a method for understanding financial transactions.

By overcoming distrust between merchants it brought confidence to the developing trade relationships that were starting to emerge.

Five centuries later, as trade wars threaten to break out and the world becomes increasingly isolationist, it may be worth reflecting on Pacioli’s epic contribution.