The FTSE 100 struggled for direction on Monday as politics again weighed on stocks across the continent.
London’s top flight closed up just 9.72 points, or 0.14%, at 7,103.84.
Investors had one eye on political developments on both the continent and across the pond.
ITV shares closed in the red after the group poached the finance boss of fellow FTSE 100 company Micro Focus, reuniting chief executive Carolyn McCall with a former easyJet colleague.
Chris Kennedy, who was previously chief financial officer at easyJet between 2010 and 2015, will join the broadcaster in February 2019. Shares closed down 0.95p at 154.8p.
BHP Billiton shares closed up, despite the mining giant facing a multibillion-pound lawsuit over the Samarco dam catastrophe in Brazil in one of the largest claims in British legal history.
The class action, which is being handled by SPG Law, counts more than 240,000 claimants including several Brazilian municipalities, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mariana and members of the Krenak indigenous community.
Shares closed up 17.2p at 1,628.4p.
On the FTSE 250, Hiscox came under selling pressure after warning that growth could moderate towards the end of the year.
Gross written premiums increased by 14.3% to 3 billion US dollars (£2.31 billion) in period ending September 30, but added that challenging market could slow premium growth.
The company’s stock fell 94p at 1,552p.