UK market News

Banks, Insurers Ordered to Report Sexism and Bullying Cases in Britain

Britain’s markets watchdog has ordered more than 1,000 banks, insurers and brokerages to report how many sexual harassment, discrimination and other non-financial misconduct cases they have recorded since 2021 and how they have dealt with them. The Financial Conduct Authority …

Brexit Red Tape Puts Valentine’s Day Thorn in UK Flower Trade

Giraffe Flowers in Manchester, northern England, is preparing for the annual Valentine’s Day rush but florists fear that Brexit trade barriers will increasingly spell higher costs and delays for their business. The company operates two shops in the center of …

Some Insurers Suspend Sales of Car Policies After UK Watchdog Again Intervenes

Britain’s financial watchdog said on Friday several insurers have agreed to suspend sales of policies that cover the depreciation of cars after it said it was worried the deals did not offer value for money. The suspension relates to so-called …

Britain’s Financial Regulators Need ‘Ambitious Mindset’, Carnegie-Brown Says

British regulators need an “ambitious growth mindset” to implement post-Brexit financial sector reforms faster and stop business going elsewhere, an industry body said on Thursday. Britain’s “Edinburgh Reforms” – proposed by finance minister Jeremy Hunt over a year ago – …

What Would UK Labour Party’s Finance Sector Plan Mean for City of London?

Britain’s opposition Labour Party, tipped in the polls to win an election expected this year, set out its blueprint on Tuesday to “unashamedly champion” a financial sector worried about its global competitiveness following Brexit as top rival New York lures …

Electric Vehicles Cost Twice as Much to Insure as Fuel-Burning Cars in UK

British drivers have to fork out twice as much to insure electric vehicles as they do for combustion-engine models, adding to hurdles to make the switch to zero-emission cars. The average insurance premium for EVs jumped to £1,344 ($1,700) at …

Brexit Has Cost UK More Than $178 Billion so far: London Mayor

Britain’s departure from the European Union has reduced the size of its economy by 6% so far – an annual cost of 140 billion pounds ($178 billion) – London mayor Sadiq Khan said on Thursday, with the shortfall seen reaching …

Shares in UK Insurers Tumble on Report of Regulator Comments on Premium Finance

Shares in UK insurers fell on Wednesday, with traders pointing to an article in the Insurance Post that quoted the Financial Conduct Authority’s Head of Insurance Matt Brewis as saying premium finance was a “poor product”. At 1258 GMT, Direct …

How Brexit Hobbled Britain’s Race to Space

Britain’s push to become a “space superpower” is being undermined by political disarray and weak domestic investment, while showing how the nation needs international partners more than ever post-Brexit. In a case study of UK industrial strategy after leaving the …

Self-Driving Cars Could Be on UK Roads by 2026: Transport Minister

Self-driving cars could be on some British roads by 2026, the country’s transport minister Mark Harper said on Wednesday. Cars with full self-driving technology are not currently permitted on Britain’s roads but the government’s Automated Vehicles (AV) legislation is going …