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Banks need to be on their best behaviour

It is no great revelation that the Cabinet is split on Brexit but the most fundamental split is not one that the mainstream press spends much time analysing. The big divide is between those Cabinet members who want a Canada-style free trade agreement and those who want Norway-style access to the single market. A free trade agreement would mean some upheaval for business but would put Parliament and the British courts in charge. A single market access deal would change little in practical terms for... Read More >

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Flatlay of laptop, diary, phone and coffee cup Fixing the broken housing market? Our political insider Adrian Pepper gives his view on recent developments in Westminster and the property markets
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