UK economy

EU says “non” to Brexit deal

The EU’s chief negotiator has rejected May’s plans. A fudge is on the cards. Emily Hohler reports.

Yet more red tape will strangle growth

New rules to give workers a say sound sensible, says Matthew Lynn. But public companies are already overburdened.

The war on pot has failed – so should we legalise cannabis?

Cannabis is legal in Canada and several US states. Now England’s chief medical officer wants to loosen restrictions on medical marijuana. The tide is turning in favour of liberalisation, says Alex Rankine

A hard Brexit by accident

The risks of leaving the EU with no deal are growing. Matthew Partridge reports.

Cheap labour, not the lifestyle economy, is damaging the UK’s productivity growth

The UK may have a larger “lifestyle economy” than many countries, but that’s not why our productivity growth is worse than that of other developed nations.

The “double whammy” hitting the UK housing market

Matthew Partridge talks to developer Andy Scott about the state of the UK housing market, and if price falls are just a correction or the start of a big slump.

The undervalued gems on the market

Fewer analysts and corporate raiders means many firms are sitting on gold mines no one knows about, says Matthew Lynn.

Vote again to break the Brexit deadlock

Calls are growing for a second EU referendum. Matthew Partridge reports.

Reasons to be cheerful

There’s no shortage of doom and gloom about at the moment, says Merryn Somerset Webb. But it’s not all bad news.

Britain’s productivity puzzle solved

When it comes to productivity growth, Britain has lagged behind most of the developed world. But that is slowly changing. Merryn Somerset Webb explains why.

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