UK economy

Brexit: a very European fudge

Unless something very surprising indeed happens, Brexit is likely to be a massive fudge of the sort that always envelopes any negotiation involving the EU.

The wrong way to empower workers

Labour’s plans to put staff on boards and give them shares are well meaning but flawed.

Labour finds a radical new idea

John McDonnell’s speech at the Labour party conference was no triumph, but it did at least get people talking.

May's plans shot down in Salzburg

Yet the UK is still tottering towards a form of Brexit that suits nobody. Emily Hohler reports.

Why you should be nervous about Labour's plans

People seem to have forgotten just how bad things were under Labour in the 1970s, says Merryn Somerset Webb. We may soon to have to relearn an awful lot of painful lessons about incentives.

How on earth are we going to get rid of all of this debt?

The world’s governments are swimming in debt. Which is just about manageable with ultra-low interest rates. But that won’t last, says Dominic Frisby. The day of reckoning must surely come.

Britain needs more apprentices

The apprenticeship levy has failed to boost the number of people in workplace training. What’s gone wrong, and what should we do about it?

Betting on politics: the futures of May and Corbyn

Matthew Partridge finds out who the betting market tips to be the next leaders of the Tories and Labour.

No answers on immigration

A new review provides ammunition for both sides. Matthew Partridge reports.

When will the Bank of England raise interest rates again?

In a normal world, central banks raise interest rates to keep inflation in check. But even with UK inflation ticking up, we won’t see a rate rise anytime soon.

Good news! Wages are finally rising for everyone

For the first time in a decade, wages are rising for young as well as older workers. Merryn Somerset Webb looks at what this means, and where it might lead.

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