Britain has signed a post-Brexit trade deal with the Pacific islands of Fiji and Papua New Guinea, as the government rushes to sign as many agreements as possible before 29 March. The Department for International Trade said the agreement would maintain access to goods including sugar and fish imported from the islands 10,000 miles away. Total trade between Britain and the region is worth about £369m a year. – Guardian.
London stocks were set for gains at the open on Friday after MPs voted to seek an extension to Article 50.
London open The FTSE 100 index is expected to rise 13 points, according to traders in the City, after finishing at 7,185. 43 the day before.
US stocks finished mixed on Thursday as investors digested a slew of data releases, amid ongoing worries about Sino-US relations.