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Pound slides as Brexit trade talks delayed until March

By Dan Wilson December 18, 2017 - 10:09 pm

Pound sterling enjoyed something of a filip when it looked like solid progress had been made in the negotiations between the UK and the EU on the terms of Brexit. But with the news that the next stage will be much tougher with Brexit trade talks pushed back until March has seen it slump again. So what’s going on precisely?

Philip McHugh of Currencies Direct says of the circumstances: “The pound ended last week on poor form, shedding the gains made during the preceding days. The European Council agreed that the UK had made sufficient progress in the first phase of Brexit negotiations to move on to the second, yet markets were not happy.

Numerous officials warned that the next stage could be even more difficult than the first, reminding markets that it had taken nine months for the UK to resolve what was supposed to have been swiftly concluded.

Additionally, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker claimed that negotiations on trade wouldn’t start until March in all likelihood, meaning the recent scrambling by the UK to finalise phase one talks in December had done little to speed up discussions.”

It’s been a rocky ride for sterling since Brexit and there was some glimmer of hope that stability and strength has returned to some extent but it would seem that turbulent times are going to continue.

  • john holt
    4 years ago

    the goverment should tell us the truth even if it goes against what the people voted for thats why they are in power if they know brexit should not happen tell us now not after the event and when it all goes wrong blame it on the will of the people

  • 4 years ago

    Or they could just get on with it and leave…

    At the moment they are like smokers in a pub, big thick jackets on but will not go further than the standing in the door so everybody else freezes while they are half in / half out.

    Get out and shut the door!

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