European stocks closed largely lower on Thursday, as crude prices hit fresh lows and the Bank of England (BoE) held its key interest rate unchanged.
The pan-European Stoxx 600 was around 0.6 percent lower during the afternoon.
The BoE maintained its key interest rate at 0.5 percent. However, there was a split among of the rate-setting committee, with Ian McCafferty the one member in favor of hiking rates to 0.75 percent.
Sterling reacted negatively, falling over 0.5 percent against the dollar after the decision came out.