Theresa May has said she is “determined” to deliver Brexit on time, ahead of talks on the Irish backstop, and will return to Brussels with a “fresh mandate, new ideas and a renewed determination”.

MPs have voted to seek an “alternative arrangement” to guarantee the Northern Ireland border stays open after Brexit.

But the Irish deputy prime minister has said “there are no credible alternative arrangements” to the proposal.

Meanwhile, business minister Greg Clark has said Britain would permanently regret leaving the European Union without a deal, and parliament needs to reach a decision to stop this in the next two weeks.


Japanese car giant Nissan has reversed a 2016 decision to build the X-Trail vehicle in its Sunderland plant in part because of the decline in diesel sales across Europe, in the latest bad news to hit Britain’s embattled car industry.

Metro Bank faces growing pressure over its handling of an accounting mistake, with investors, industry figures and regulatory experts suggesting senior executives would be forced to resign amid fears they may have misled the market.