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  • May had delivered her vision two days earlier for pulling Britain out of the European Union's single market. Now the Wall Street banks, fearing Britain was headed for trouble, wanted to hear more about her strategy. "We contribute a double-digit percentage to Britain's GDP.

  • LONDON— Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Saturday that Scotland should get more sweeping powers but stay in the United Kingdom— comments that came even as Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would proceed with plans for an independence referendum. Brown entered the fray over the region's future with a speech in Scotland saying...

  • NEW YORK/ LONDON, Jan 20- Former British finance minister George Osborne, who lost his job after Britain's vote to leave the European Union, will join BlackRock Inc as an adviser next month, the world's largest asset manager said on Friday. Osborne will work as a part-time senior adviser to the BlackRock Investment Institute, an arm of the asset manager that serves...

  • PARIS, Jan 4- French firebrand socialist Arnaud Montebourg said on Wednesday he would levy a supertax on banks to raise 5 billion euros if elected president in May and that he was prepared to nationalise a bank too. Hollande is not seeking a second term and will leave behind a Socialist Party divided between hardline leftists like Montebourg, who want a return to...

  • LONDON, Dec 14- Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown urged Britain to delay Rupert Murdoch's proposed deal to buy European pay-TV group Sky until the government completes an inquiry into a phone hacking scandal, the Guardian said on Wednesday. The scandal triggered a year-long public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press, led by senior judge...

  • LONDON, Nov 17- Britain's government must share more responsibility with the Bank of England for overseeing the economy in order to reduce the BoE's vulnerability to political attack, a former politician who gave the BoE its independence nearly 20 years ago said. Ed Balls, who served as chief adviser to former finance minister and later prime monister Gordon...

  • LONDON, Nov 17- Britain's government must share more responsibility with the Bank of England for overseeing the economy in order to reduce the BoE's vulnerability to political attack, a former politician who gave the BoE its independence nearly 20 years ago said. Ed Balls, who served as chief adviser to former finance minister and later prime monister Gordon...

  • LONDON, Oct 8- British finance minister Philip Hammond has appointed HSBC's chief European economist, Karen Ward, to advise him as the country prepares to leave the European Union, the finance ministry said on Saturday. In June she was the lead author of an HSBC report which said Britain's vote to leave the EU would act as a "major drag" on euro zone demand, as Britain...

  • Royal Bank of Scotland

    A group of shareholders in Royal Bank of Scotland has launched a multi-million pound lawsuit against the state-owned bank for misleading investors at the height of the credit crisis in 2008.

  • LONDON, Oct 4- The activists who have protested in recent months at the tax arrangements of some leading British companies are united with many politicians in wanting to cut corporate tax avoidance.

  • By Guy Faulconbridge and Matt Falloon. MANCHESTER, England, Oct 2- Britain's opposition leader Ed Miliband cast himself as a humble man of the people on Tuesday in a confident speech, seeking to win over doubters and portray Prime Minister David Cameron as the product of a snobby education who has hurt the economy.

  • Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    The government appears to be taking the proposals of the Independent Commission on Banking, in the UK seriously and looks as if it may implement the majority of Sir John Vickers proposals, writes the Financial Times’ Martin Wolf.

  • British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street on August 11, 2011 in London, England. Mr Cameron hosted a COBRA meeting and a cabinet meeting earlier this morning to discuss the current unrest that has spread across the country. Parliament has been recalled following four days of rioting across the UK.

    David Cameron will tell Angela Merkel on Thursday that she needs to act now to bring the eurozone back from the brink of disaster – a message likely to stoke irritation in Berlin and other eurozone capitals, the Finanical Times reports.

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    Plans to give shareholders more power over boardroom pay will be given centre stage in the Queen’s Speech, as highly paid executives face another week of lambasting from shareholders, the Financial Times reports.

  • David Cameron

    Voters in the United Kingdom punished the coalition government’s two political parties at local elections across the country on Thursday in what will be seen by many as a rejection of the government’s austerity.

  • David Cameron

    While the French presidential elections are drawing the attention of most in Europe, local elections in the UK, though unlikely to change the shape of Britain’s coalition government, could put pressure on its economic policy.

  • Rupert Murdoch

    Rupert Murdoch is under pressure over his Sun tabloid after the arrests of several senior staff in a corruption probe, but whistleblowers inside his media empire may pose more of a threat than the public outrage that towards his business empire that he was forced to give up his closed its sister paper.

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    The United Kingdom will retain its triple-A credit rating this year thanks to the Bank of England’s policy of quantitative easing and demand for UK gilts, City-based analysts told CNBC.

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    The United Kingdom is likely already back in recession and may see unemployment approach three million before the end of the year, economic think tank the Ernst & Young Item Club forecast on Monday.

  • Occupy protests in London

    Occupy London Stock Exchange demonstrators announced on Friday they had “repossessed” a building belonging to Swiss investment bank UBS in Hackney East London.