With limited Australian economic data last week and UK data exceeding expectation you would have thought the pound would have continued its good run against the Australian dollar. However this was not the case as GBPAUD started the week at 1.7175 and is now fluctuating in the 1.66s.
The reason for the decline is the looming Supreme Court ruling. The Supreme Court judges are back to work on the 11th January from their Christmas festivities and they should announce whether UK Prime Minister needs the approval of Parliament before triggering Article 50.
This announcement links directly to either a ‘Hard’ or ‘Soft’ Brexit. If Mrs May has to seek Parliament approval then a softer Brexit becomes more likely and therefore the pound could begin to start making gains against the Australian dollar. Where as if she overturns the High Court decision and she can invoke Article 50 by March then further losses for the pound vs the Australian dollar are on the horizon.
Personally I wouldn’t be surprised to see the judges stick together and therefore a softer Brexit becomes more likely. However 2016 was the year of surprises, therefore getting in touch early and being in the position ready to convert currency is the way forward.
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