Business (UK)

The Observer view on the threat to British democracy | Observer editorial

As parliament breaks for recess this week, our political system has perhaps never felt less up to the gargantuan task of paving a way out of the Brexit-related stalemate the country finds itself in. Just months before the article 50 deadline, the government’s negotiating position remains utterly …

Brexit

The IMF is right: hard Brexit is an international threat

There is always a sense of “they would say that, wouldn’t they?” when a state-funded global agency that promotes free trade says that a hard Brexit would be bad for everyone.<p>That was the International Monetary Fund’s stance before Britain’s referendum on European Union membership, and in the wake …

Business

Brexit: UK could refuse to pay divorce bill without EU trade deal, says Dominic Raab

The UK could walk away from its £39 billion Brexit divorce bill if no EU trade bill is struck, Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab has suggested.<p>Mr Raab …

Great Britain

'Why won't Aviva send my pension details?'

<i>I am 90 and retired more than 25 years ago. My pension has been managed by Aviva since it merged with Friends Life.</i><p><i>I’ve always asked the provider for information in writing stating the yearly increase in my pension for tax purposes.</i><p><i>This worked well until Friends Life first took over the policy</i> …

Personal Finance (UK)

HMRC steps up chase for tax avoiders, with use of legal action doubling in a year

The taxman has doubled efforts to recoup unpaid bills using legal enforcement measures.<p>In 2017 HM Revenue & Customs initiated twice as many enforcement actions against taxpayers who had ignored an “accelerated payment notice” (APN) as in the previous year, figures released in response to a Freedom …

Finance

David Davis says it is not too late to save Brexit as he hits out at Chequers deal and blasts Treasury's 'Project Fear'

DAVID Davis says Brexit can be saved and hit out at Project Fear, in his first interview since quitting.<p>The outgoing Brexit secretary told the …

David Davis

Removals company scam that's taking people for a ride - and keeping all their belongings

Moving house is tough enough without chancers banging on your door.<p>I’m on the case with one of the cheekiest and most shocking scams I’ve heard …

Crime (UK)

Philip Hammond sparks outrage after branding Boris Johnson and David Davis 'Brexit Bogeymen' and says 'trade deals will be easier'

PHILIP Hammond has sparked a furious row after branding Boris Johnson a Brexit “bogeyman”.<p>In an astonishing outburst, the Chancellor said there is …

Boris Johnson

Shahmir Sanni: ‘Nobody was called to account. But I lost almost everything’

Shahmir Sanni has been through the wringer. When I saw him two months ago, he was subdued, downbeat, self-critical. He has played a consequential part in British history, but it’s come at a high personal cost.<p>Sanni is the 24-year-old who in March came forward to the <i>Observer</i> to blow the whistle on …

Politics

Book your holiday early, pay more?

<b>Holidaymakers who book their cruise or package holiday a year or more in advance could see the price drop later on – or be heavily penalised if</b> …

Personal Finance (UK)

Theresa May must start planning for a 'no deal' Brexit fast and not keep giving to the EU

CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond claims the resignations of the Government’s “two main bogeymen” — Boris Johnson and David Davis — will help secure a good …

Brexit

Brexit campaign chief must be hauled before Commons, say MPs

A cross-party group of MPs is demanding new powers that would force witnesses to give evidence before parliament or face possible imprisonment, as anger grows over the refusal of the former Vote Leave director, Dominic Cummings, to answer claims that the organisation that helped to deliver Brexit …

Brexit

Why you need to make an (official) complaint about your car insurance

According to recent reports, the cost of insuring a car dropped this year. But before you put out the bunting and start celebrating, motor insurance …

Personal Finance (UK)

Trade accords on Xi's agenda during Senegal swing

China’s President Xi Jinping inked a clutch of trade accords Saturday on the first visit by a Chinese leader to Senegal in almost a decade.<p>Senegalese …

China

Manley role at Fiat Chrysler a turning point for carmaker

The nomination of Mike Manley as CEO of Fiat Chrysler marks a turning point for the carmaker, putting a brand with historic Italian roots in the hands of someone with no ties to Italy — a Brit who showed his mettle by growing the quintessentially American Jeep into a global brand.<p>Manley has been …

Autos

Eight of the best ways to use voice control now

<b>Voice is the new frontier for control. Telling your tech exactly what you want it to do has gone from an unreliable novelty to a useful feature</b> …

Personal Finance (UK)

Tory chief whip Julian Smith must publicly explain 'pairing blunder' before MPs break for the summer

TORY enforcer Julian Smith must explain his role in the “pairing” row before MPs break for the summer, a senior MP has said.<p>The government Chief Whip …

Brexit

Conservative grassroots activists slam Theresa May's Brexit blueprint and give it a 'thorough trashing'

THERESA May’s Brexit blueprint was given a “thorough trashing” by Tory grassroots activists.<p>Up to 80 constituency chiefs gave the PM’s senior aides a …

Brexit

Banks bungling power of attorney registration

<b>New Which? research reveals the banks making life difficult for people acting with Power of Attorney for a loved one. We also tested the knowledge of</b> …

Personal Finance (UK)

I called on Theresa May to resign, but now is not the time for a leadership contest — the PM must stay to deliver Brexit, says Grant Shapps

IN the wake of last year’s disastrous General Election, where we jettisoned our hard-won majority, the Prime Minister addressed the backbench 1922 …

Brexit

Theresa May will tour Europe this week to sell her Brexit blueprint directly to the people

THERESA May will tour Europe this week to sell her Brexit blueprint directly to the people.<p>While Brexit negotiators head for Brussels, the PM will …

Brexit

We meet workers who lead the charge in getting Britain back to work and defy Brexit doom-mongers

BRITAIN is battling back to work thanks to a jobs boom seeing more than 1,000 people a DAY find employment.<p>The Sun on Sunday can reveal how …

Brexit

Win a luxury caravan worth more than £45,000 and holiday in style and comfort — plus win £15,000 in our raffle

OUR fantastic Sun Savers competition could see you enjoying holiday after holiday in comfort and style.<p>One lucky reader will win a luxury two-bedroom …

Personal Finance (UK)

If Matt Hancock was negotiating Brexit it could have all been done by now

At last we now have a health secretary who is going to save the NHS. Matt Hancock is proposing to give every patient a barcode. So, no more patents …

Opinion (UK)

Clusterfudge PM Theresa May has the leadership skills of a damp dishcloth and no vision for Brexit

THE word “shambles” is often used in politics but during my 20 years in Westminster I have never seen such a mess - or as The Thick of It’s Malcolm …

Brexit

The Tory split is not Leavers versus Remainers any more, it’s dealers versus no-dealers

The prime minister has survived again. As she prepared to set off on a hill-walking holiday, I hear she commented that it is “harder to go downhill …

Great Britain

PayPoint goes down - with over a million people without gas and electricity

PayPoint has gone down - leaving thousands of homes without gas and electricity.<p>The trouble started on Saturday, with social media awash with …

Social Media

Too little money, too few beds. Why mental health is in crisis

Home support is weak, the number of patients being detained has soared and a £1.4bn cash boost isn’t enough<p>What was once a taboo subject is now the stuff of commercials and celebrity confessions. Today, stars are lining up to discuss their mental health issues in public. Sheridan Smith and Simon …

Mental Health

IMF: Trump's trade war is significantly harming world economic health

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) today said recent trade tariffs being enforced by US President Donald Trump risked seriously impacting global …

Economy

No-deal Brexit would leave households almost £1,000 worse off, new report suggests

Leaving the European Union (EU) without a trade deal could leave British households almost £1,000 worse off a year, according to a new report.<p>If …

Great Britain