The pound to Australian dollar exchange rate has risen over the last week with rates for the GBP to AUD pair sitting above 1.83. The pound has benefited considerably from the markets beginning to feel more optimistic that a deal between Britain and the EU will be reached whilst the prospect of a no deal has been diminishing, for the time being.
With the Australian markets closed today for Australia day, tomorrow will be crucial in determining where rates for GBP vs AUD head next. Key parliamentary votes will be held in the House of Commons at 7pm tomorrow and it will be for the Speaker John Bercow to select which of the amendments the House will vote on. There are two amendments in particular and whether they are selected could help shape the direction for travel for GBP to AUD with currency volatility to be expected.
The Nicholas Boles / Yvette Copper amendment seeks to delay Article 50 in the event that a deal cannot be reached. It effectively removes no deal from the table as we approach 29th March. The other amendment which appears to have the support of government is the Graham Brady amendment which seeks to remove the controversial Irish backstop and replace it with alternative methods should an agreement on future trade not be reached.
These amendments are hugely important as they will help determine the path of Brexit and where it ultimately ends up which is of huge interest in the currency markets. Those looking to buy or sell Australian dollars will likely see a big market reaction on the outcome of tomorrows vote and could be presented with a good opportunity.
Bank of England Governor Mark Carney will be making a speech later today which could create some volatility for the pound ahead of such an important day tomorrow. Tomorrow sees business conditions data down under from National Australia Bank whilst Wednesdays’ Consumer Price Index inflation data could also help direct the Australian dollar.
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