Theresa May will ask MPs to give her more time to secure changes to the controversial part of her Brexit deal – the Northern Irish backstop.

The Prime Minister is due to report back to MPs this week, after trying to persuade the EU to make last-minute changes.

This comes as Carolyn Fairbairn, the director-general of head of the Confederation of British Industry, says the chances of Britain leaving the European Union next month without a deal have increased and the country has now entered “the emergency zone”.

Meanwhile, the Dutch government says it is in talks with more than 250 companies about moving their operations from the UK to the Netherlands before Brexit.


Company bosses could face up to seven years in prison if they mismanage employee pension schemes, says Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd.

She wants a new offence of “wilfully or recklessly” mismanaging funds.