Theresa May on Friday will attempt to face down opposition from six Eurosceptic cabinet ministers and force through a new “soft Brexit” strategy at a day of decisive talks at Chequers, her country retreat. Boris Johnson sought to marshal a rearguard action on Thursday night, convening a meeting of pro-Brexit ministers at the Foreign Office to plan a counter-attack, after Mrs May circulated plans to keep Britain closely aligned to the EU’s single market on goods and customs.
About 150 business leaders have been invited to an undisclosed location to dine with Donald Trump when he makes his first visit to Britain as US president next week. The black-tie dinner on Thursday night will be hosted by Theresa May, the prime minister, and is one of the key moments of a three-day “working visit” that will also include talks with Mrs May at Chequers, her country residence, a meeting with the Queen at Windsor and a round of golf in Scotland.
The financial sector could face its own "Cambridge Analytica moment" if it loses public trust over the way it handles data, the new chair of the financial regulator has warned. In his first interview as the head of the Financial Conduct Authority, Charles Randell said monitoring the misuse of data was a “huge issue” and at the top of his agenda.