- Posted by Shyam Gokani in Bank of England, Bremain, Brexit, Currency, David Cameron, Dollar, Economy, EUR, GBP, Mark Carney, Referendum, Sterling, UK
- July 13, 2016
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Sterling was firmer this morning, trading near a two-week high against the euro as Theresa May was set to take over as Britain’s prime minister, easing some of the political uncertainty that has dogged the currency in the past few weeks.
Traders will keep an eye on who will be appointed as finance minister with many awaiting for clarity on the new prime minister’s detailed thinking on triggering Article 50, the procedure for exiting the European Union.
May has said “Brexit means Brexit”, but added Britain will not rush to trigger the formal divorce proceedings. The uncertainty over whether Britain will be able to retain access to the single market after exiting the EU, along with expectations that the Bank of England could cut rates on Thursday, are likely to make traders wary of sterling.
It remains unclear for the time being as to whether the UK will retain free access to the single market, and therefore the potential for setbacks in sterling is high.
Britain runs a current account deficit pegged at around 7 percent of gross domestic product – amongst the highest in the developed world. That makes the pound vulnerable to changes in foreign capital flows needed to plug the gap.
BoE chief Mark Carney has hinted he may ease policy to cushion the economy from Britain’s shock decision to exit the EU, with markets pricing in a more than 70 percent of a 25 basis point rate cut tomorrow. The BoE has said the economy is likely to suffer a slowdown in coming months.
Officials from the world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, said on Tuesday Britain would fall into recession over the coming year and growth in each of the next five years would be at least 0.5 percentage points lower as a result of Brexit.