Pain from the sell-off at the end of last year is still fresh in the minds of European stock traders, making them especially nervous about the latest string of bad omens.
The British government is discussing the timing of a Queen's Speech with parliamentary authorities, the leader of the House of Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said on Thursday.
The euro hit a new low for 2019 against the dollar, EUR/USD falling to $1.0923 as of 6:45 AM ET (1045 GMT).
Stocks in focus in premarket trading on Thursday:
Apple accused the European Commission of misunderstanding its business on day two of the iPhone maker's appeal against a $14 billion (£11.5 billion) tax order, in a dispute that is key to the EU's drive to collect more taxes but which could also run for years.