Pressure On Theresa May


Pressure On Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit strategy means disaster for Britain, former foreign secretary Boris Johnson said, as critics at home and officials in Brussels step up their opposition to her plans for how to leave the European Union. With under two months before Britain and the EU want to agree a deal to end over […]

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Sterling Remains Close To 1 Month Highs

Sterling remained close to one-month highs against the US dollar after Wednesday’s comments from EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier promising the UK a ‘unique deal’. However, he warned yesterday that a no-deal Brexit was still a possibility, noting that that “our responsibility is to be prepared for any and all the options”. UK Brexit Secretary […]

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Brexit worries continue to weaken Sterling

Worries about whether Britain can agree a trade deal with the European Union over coming months to avoid a sudden and disorderly exit from the bloc continue to keep most economists cautious about any sustained Sterling strength. With most of the month’s UK economic data out of the way, the focus will shift back to […]

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Volatility Ahead

Sterling looks set for more volatility this week however amid growing talk of a likely “hard” Brexit — crashing out of the European Union without a trade deal in place. A weekend poll revealed Britons were overwhelmingly opposed to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan and would instead support a new right-wing political party committed […]

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Sterling hits a 5 day high

Sterling rose to a five-day high after British retail sales jumped for the second month in a row in May and far outstripped expectations. Sterling is likely to gain this year and by the time Britain leaves the European Union next March will have recouped a chunk of its losses since the June 2016 decision […]

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UK wage growth slows

British workers’ wages grew more slowly in the three months to April, according to official data published this morning which could further dampen expectations that the Bank of England will raise interest rates as soon as August. Total earnings, including bonuses, rose by an annual 2.5 percent, down from growth of 2.6 percent in the […]

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UK Services Sector grows more than expectations

Companies in Britain’s dominant services sector grew more quickly than expected in May after a winter slump in early 2018, but the approach of Brexit held back many companies, a survey showed this morning. The IHS Markit/CIPS services purchasing managers’ index (PMI) rose to a three-month high of 54.0 in May, better than a median […]

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Euro weakens due to Italy concerns

As the UK and the US return from their bank holiday, liquidity and European political worries dominate the agenda today. The USD remains a safe haven as Italian bond spreads continue to widen. The market will also be listening more closely to the many ECB speakers today to gauge their reaction and thoughts to escalating […]

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UK GDP rises 0.1%

Q1 Gross Domestic Product in the UK increased 0.1% in the second estimate, the Office for National Statistics announced this morning. This is unchanged from 0.1% quarter-to-quarter rise reported in the preliminary estimate. Comparing this to a year ago, the UK GDP increased 1.2% y/y, unchanged from the estimate. Within the structure on Q1 GDP, household […]

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Pound shoots up across the board

Sterling shot to a fresh post-Brexit-vote high of $1.41 today, extending a recent rally that has seen confidence in the British currency recover. The pound climbed as much as 0.6 percent, its highest level since Britain’s vote to leave the European Union in June 2016. Against the euro, the pound was up 0.3 percent at […]

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