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Summary

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  2. Sterling recovers some lost ground after MPs' vote
  3. IMF praises Greek economic growth
  4. UK economy grew 0.5% in January
  5. Sales fall at French Connection
  6. Profits down at Domino's Pizza

Live Reporting

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  1. May: I will vote against a no-deal Brexit

    Theresa May tells MPs that she has personally wrestled with the issue but says she is conscious of the "potential damage" leaving the EU without a deal would do.

    She says she will urge the Commons to vote against a no-deal Brexit.

  2. The scene as the vote was announced

    The vote being declared
  3. Another vote on Thursday?

    If the Commons declines to approve a no-deal Brexit, a vote on extending Article 50 will take place on Thursday, says Theresa May.

  4. 'Free vote' on whether to leave EU without a deal

    Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons that she will grant a free vote to Conservative MPs in a vote on Wednesday on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal on March 29.

  5. May loses Brexit deal vote

    Theresa May's Brexit deal has been defeated in the Commons by 391 votes to 242, a majority of 149.

  6. Pound lower as MPs vote

    Graph of sterling's trade intraday

    The pound has traded lower against the euro ahead of the vote in parliament.

    MPs are now entering the lobbies to say yay or nay to Theresa May's "improved" deal with Brussels.

  7. MPs voting on May's Brexit deal

    PM in Commons

    Latest updates on the vote after Theresa May agrees changes to the withdrawal agreement with the EU.

  8. 888 gets ready for Brexit

    gambling wheel

    Online gambling company 888 Holdings shares closed up 2.5%. The strong gains come after it said earlier it had secured a gaming licence in Malta and relocated its server to Ireland to try and avoid any post Brexit disruption.

    Rival GVC has already made a similar move.

    888 also reported an 11% jump today in pre-tax profits for last year to $86.7m.

  9. Greek economy 'a top performer in the eurozone'

    Greek and EU flags

    Greek economic growth is expected to reach 2.4% in 2019 after an estimated 2.1% in 2018, according to the latest International Monetary Fund (IMF).

    "Greece has now entered a period of economic growth that puts it among the top performers in the eurozone," it adds.

    But it warns the country needs to press ahead with unfinished economic reforms to cut risks to its recovery in the medium term.

    "Greece should reconsider recent changes in collective bargaining policies and press ahead with its unfinished reform agenda," the IMF said.

    And it says Greece should cut taxes and proceed with a planned broadening of the personal income tax base.

  10. India grounds Boeing 737 Max planes

    Taj Mahal

    India’s Ministry of Civil Aviation has decided to ground Boeing 737 Max planes.

    It says: "DGCA has taken the decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max planes immediately. These planes will be grounded till appropriate modifications and safety measures are undertaken to ensure their safe operations.

    "As always, passenger safety remains our top priority. We continue to consult closely with regulators around the world, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers to ensure passenger safety."

  11. FTSE closes ahead

    The FTSE 100 benchmark index of blue-chip stocks has closed up 20.53 points, or 0.29%, at 7151.15 points.

    It comes are MPs are set to vote this evening on whether to back Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for leaving the EU.

  12. BreakingEuropean Union bans flights by Boeing 737 Max planes

    The European Union's aviation safety agency EASA has suspended all flights in the bloc by Boeing's 737-8 and 737-9 planes after Sunday's deadly crash in Ethiopia.

    "EASA has decided to suspend all flight operations of the two affected models," the agency said in a statement.

  13. Belgium closes airspace for Boeing 737 Max 8 planes

    Belgium follows the UK, Netherlands, Germany, France, Ireland and other nations in banning the Boeing aircraft from their airspace.

  14. Southwest pilots back decision to keep flying Max plane

    Southwest Airline pilots union "fully supports" the airline's decision to continue flying the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft.

    The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association, representing 9700 pilots, back the firm's decision to fly "but will continue to evaluate once more information emerges".

    "Swapa is extremely confident that our entire fleet, including the Max, is safe based on the facts, intelligence, data, and information we presently have. We fully support Southwest Airlines' decision to continue flying the Max and the FAA's findings to date," it said.

    Southwest's share price is down 2.5% at $50.33.

  15. US airlines stand by Boeing 737 Max plane

    American Airlines aircraft
    Image caption: American and Southwest airlines continue to fly their 737 Max 8s in the US

    Large US airlines are standing by Boeing Co's 737 Max plane, as an increasing number of countries ban it, with Southwest Airlines and American Airlines saying their fleet data shows the plane is safe.

  16. Boeing share price down 6.5%

    The spate of countries and airlines banning use of the Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft is taking its toll on the Boeing share price.

    In morning trade in the US, the stock was down 6.59% at $373.48.

    Boeing 737 Max 8 graphic
  17. Republic of Ireland bans Boeing 737 Max planes

    Passenger flights using Boeing's 737 Max plane have been banned from operating in the Republic of Ireland.

    The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said it had decided to temporarily suspend the operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Irish airspace.

    It said: "The IAA's decision has been made taking account of the unprecedented loss of two Boeing 737 MAX in recent months."

  18. Turkish Airlines suspending Boeing 737 Max flights

    Turkish Airlines logo

    Turkish Airlines is suspending flights using its fleet of 12 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft after the Ethiopian Airlines crash at the weekend.

    "Until the uncertainty surrounding the safety of the 737 MAX is clarified, we are withdrawing these planes from commercial flights from March 13," airline boss Bilal Eksi said on Twitter.

  19. BreakingNow Netherlands closes airspace to Boeing 737 Max

    The Dutch government has ordered its airspace closed for Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, press agency ANP reports.

    They join the UK, Germany, France, and many other nations.