European shares nudge higher as Brexit tussle continues
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.2 per cent.
The British government insisted on Sunday the country will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite a letter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by parliament to send to the bloc, requesting for a Brexit delay.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index rose 0.2 per cent after finishing nearly flat last week, hurt by some weak quarterly results and conflicting Brexit headlines.
London's blue-chip FTSE 100 was up 0.3 per cent as export-heavy firms benefited from a weakness in the pound, while the domestically focused mid-caps index dropped 0.3 per cent.
Tomra Systems gained 12 per cent after reporting strong quarterly results, including an all-time high order intake.
Wirecard rose 4.6 per cent after the German payments company said it had hired KPMG to conduct an independent audit to address allegations by the Financial Times, that its finance team had sought to inflate its reported sales and profits.
On the other hand, the Berlin government's move to freeze rents put real estate companies such as Deutsche Wohnen , Ado Properties and Vonovia under pressure.