May’s Chequers Plan Branded A Joke


May’s Chequers Plan Branded A Joke

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposals were declared dead by the British media today after what they cast as a humiliation at the hands of European Union leaders at an informal summit in Salzburg. After a dinner of Wiener schnitzel in Salzburg, EU leaders said they will push for a Brexit deal next month but […]

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UK Retail Sales Better Than Forecasts

Sterling firmed versus the dollar and Euro, buoyed by optimism that Britain and the European Union can make significant progress towards a Brexit deal at an EU leaders summit. Investors have pushed up the pound to its highest since July this week as they grow confident that a Brexit trade deal – helping Britain to […]

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UK Inflation Surprises

UK inflation jumped unexpectedly to a six-month high in August, pushed up by bigger-than-usual seasonal increases in sea and air fares and higher theatre admission prices, official data showed this morning. CPI rose at an annual rate of 2.7 percent in August, compared with 2.5 percent in July, the Office for National Statistics said, above […]

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Sterling Hits Six Week High

The pound is at a six-week high, helped by a weaker dollar and reports of progress on the Irish border question, an obstacle to Brexit diplomats will try to overcome this week at a European Union summit. The United Kingdom is due to leave the EU on March 29 but no full exit agreement has […]

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Bank Of England Meeting Later Today

Sterling has held near recent highs before a monetary policy announcement later in the day, when the Bank of England looks almost certain to keep interest rates unchanged after raising them last month. Economists polled all expect the BoE’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to vote 9-0 to leave interest rates at 0.75 percent. Most do […]

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Potential Leadership Challenge To Prime Minister

Sterling stagnated this morning after reports of a potential leadership challenge to Prime Minister Theresa May and as realism set in about how far there remains to go before Britain can agree a Brexit trade deal. The BBC reported a group of about 50 lawmakers in British Prime Minister Theresa May’s party who oppose her […]

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UK GDP Grows At Fastest Pace In A Year

Britain’s economy grew at its fastest pace in almost a year during the three months to July, boosted by stronger consumer spending due to the World Cup and warm weather. Gross domestic product in the three months to July was 0.6 percent higher than in the previous three-month period, gathering pace from 0.4 percent recorded […]

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Market Update

Sterling edged slightly higher this morning but was set for its biggest weekly drop in three weeks as traders consolidated positions before monthly U.S. jobs data and as broader trade tensions dominated sentiment. The British currency has had a volatile week as headlines on the progress of Brexit negotiations forced traders to unwind positions in […]

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Pound Rebound

Sterling rebounded off a two-week low, after a Bloomberg report that the United Kingdom and Germany were prepared to drop a key sticking point on Brexit negotiations fuelled hopes of a breakthrough in talks. Sterling had a jump on stories suggesting there is a shift in the German government on Brexit demands, making it more […]

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UK Data Strong – No Impact On Sterling

Sterling edged lower for a fifth consecutive day as a resurgent dollar and mounting concerns over Brexit negotiations sapped demand for the British currency. An overnight bounce in the pound after a report that the European Union could offer new guarantees to Britain to win London’s support for a solution aimed at avoiding a hard […]

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