The UK’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union has been approved by EU leaders, its chief official Donald Tusk has announced.

Although the 27 leaders gave it their backing after less than a hour’s discussion in Brussels, the deal needs to be approved by the UK Parliament, with many MPs opposed.

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BDO will become the UK’s fifth-largest accounting firm after its partners approved a merger with rival Moore Stephens. lifting it above Grant Thornton.

The merger will se BDO’s UK workforce increase by about a quarter to 5,000, while partner headcount will rise 25% to 250.