In the next few days Theresa May is is expected to try and reach a cross-party consensus on her withdrawal agreement after failing to get it through Parliament three times.

But the prime minister’s  Brexit talks with the Labour Party are a “grave mistake”, according to former defence secretary Gavin Williamson.

Meanwhile, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Conservatives attempts to replace Mrs May as prime minister threaten to derail talks with the Labour Party and the bid to find a Brexit compromise.


Metro Bank has said its plans to raise £350m to strengthen its finances are “well advanced” as it tries to quell questions over its financial health.

The bank’s shares have plummeted around 75% since January when it announced it needed the money to plug a funding gap left by an accounting error.