GBP/AUD – Brexit continues to be the main driver on GBP/AUD. Despite little movement on the market we did see significant progress in negotiations this weekend. Yesterday saw the current Breixt draft agreed. The deal was accepted by Brussels after just 38 minutes. All 27 member states endorsed the agreement after 18 months of uncertainty. The £37 billion exit fee was confirmed along with the elusive back stop agreement on the Irish Border. It also gave an insight into trade relations moving forward.
Perhaps the reason we did not see a boost in Sterling was that the market had already moved on rumour. It was common knowledge that the deal would go through following May conceding on the Gibraltar situation. Investors are aware the real test for the deal is when it is put before parliament for acceptance. This is expected to take place in the next two weeks prior to the Christmas recess.
May has also released an open letter to the public in an attempt to get support for the deal. She has stated it is this deal or no deal. The majority pf book makers have it at around 50/50 the bill will be passed.
Theresa May’s position under Threat
Theresa May’s position is still under threat, there are rumours of around 35 letters of no confidence that have been put forward, 45 are required for a leadership challenge. It may be the case that some MPs are hanging on for an opportune moment as a leadership challenge can only be undertaken once over a 12 month period.
While the deal has not been approved by parliament I expect the Pound to remain vulnerable. If I had to put my money on it I would say a deal will go through. The threat for the Tories is that if a leadership challenge takes place and the potential new leader fails to gain a majority victory they could be looking at a general election and risk Labour gaining power. Brexit would also be thrown completely up in the air. No doubt this would cause Sterling weakness.
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