UK economy

Why markets are suddenly terrified that Britain is heading for No Deal Brexit

The truth is dawning on the markets that, with Boris Johnson as prime minister, we are heading for a No Deal Brexit whether we like it or not.

The City must move on from Europe

The City thrived as the EU’s finance hub. But now new opportunities look more promising, says Matthew Lynn.

Boris Johnson and the sugar tax

Our probable new prime minister wants to scrap the levy on sugary drinks introduced by some of his predecessors. Would that be a good move?

How the pension contributions annual allowance is crippling the NHS

NHS doctors are responding to the perverse financial incentives of the pension contributions annual allowance scheme by just not doing any extra work. The system needs fixing. And not just for doctors.

Betting on politics: latest odds on the Tory leadership

Matthew Partridge looks at the latest odds on the tory leadership race, on the next chancellor, and on Corbyn and Johnson losing their seats at the next election.

How retail landlords can reinvent ailing shopping centres

Ailing shopping centres should be repurposed, benefiting the economy and investors.

Can the UK eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050?

The government wants to cut the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” by the middle of the century. Is this realistic – or a staggeringly expensive waste of time? 

Get set for a Tory Party spending spree

Both candidates for the Tory Party leadership could squander the fiscal restraint of the past few years. Emily Hohler reports.

Jeremy Corbyn – a fate worse than Brexit

Many people claim to be worried about the effects of a no-deal Brexit. But there is a much more serious threat to Britain, says Merryn Somerset Webb: a Jeremy Corbyn government.

Don’t stop at forgiving student debt – forgive everyone’s debt

A jubilee for student debt is an attractive idea but not a fair one, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Better to give everyone a hefty lump sum – whether they have debts or not.

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