Aug 23 (Reuters) - The following are the top stories in the Financial Times. Reuters has not verified these stories and does not vouch for their accuracy.
- Britain softens Brexit stance on EU court on.ft.com/2g3mq50
- UK public finances enjoy July surplus for first time in 15 years on.ft.com/2g2uQtE
- Donald Trump sanctions Russian and Chinese companies over North Korea on.ft.com/2iplSam
- EU launches in-depth probe into Bayer-Monsanto deal on.ft.com/2inBRpD
Britain will outline its plans on Wednesday to escape the "direct jurisdiction" of the European Court of Justice after Brexit.
Britain posted a budget surplus in July for the first time in 15 years, according to data from the Office for National Statistics on Tuesday.
The United States imposed new North Korea-related sanctions, targeting Chinese and Russian firms and individuals for supporting Pyongyang's weapons programs.
The European Commission has started an in-depth investigation of Bayer AG's planned $66 billion takeover of U.S. seeds group Monsanto Co, saying it was worried about competition in various pesticide and seeds markets. (Compiled by Bengaluru newsroom; Editing by Sandra Maler)