• Theresa May says calling a general election to break Brexit deadlock ‘would not be in the national interest’: Theresa May has denied she is preparing to hold another general election, stating that another vote would “not be in the national interest”. Some observers believe that the Budget announced by Philip Hammond on Monday resembled a pre-election budget, with accelerated income tax cuts and some other popular measures. Fresh elections could be tempting because the Prime Minister lacks a majority in the House of Commons, meaning there is a good chance any Brexit deal she negotiates could be voted down. (The Independent)
  • EU pledges access to UK clearing houses in no-deal Brexit: Brussels has responded to financial industry calls for continued access to London’s capital markets by providing reassurance that EU groups will temporarily be able to use crucial derivatives clearing services in the UK even after a no-deal Brexit. The commitment by Valdis Dombrovskis, European Commission vice-president, follows months of warnings by European bankers that EU companies otherwise face hefty rises in trading costs — or will be unable to hedge their market exposures. (FT)
  • Theresa May rules out holding another referendum despite mass Final Say protest: Theresa May has stood firm and ruled out giving the British people a final say on her Brexit deal, despite a groundswell of support for a second vote. Speaking during a summit in the Norwegian capital of Oslo the prime minister once again ruled out changing her mind, stating: “There will be no second referendum on Brexit.” (The Independent)