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Brexit Briefing: Don't Forget, For GBP, Politics Remain Important

Brexit Briefing: Don't Forget, For GBP, Politics Remain Important

2017-06-29 16:22:00
Martin Essex, MSTA, Analyst

Talking Points

- For GBP traders the last few days have been dominated by speculation that UK monetary policy could be tightened more quickly than previously thought.

- However, the continuing importance of domestic UK politics should not be underestimated as the UK Government faces several crucial votes in Parliament later Thursday.

- See the DailyFX Economic Calendar and see what live coverage for key event risk impacting FX markets is scheduled for the week on the DailyFX Webinar Calendar.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May, who lost her Parliamentary majority in a General Election she did not need to call, is having to dash back from Berlin today after joining German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and other European leaders to discuss plans for a G20 summit in Hamburg next week. The reason? A series of Parliamentary votes on the Queen’s Speech outlining her Government’s legislative program.

The program, dominated by Brexit legislation, is almost certain to be approved by Members of Parliament – and three Opposition amendments defeated – after the ruling Conservative Party’s agreement with Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party that has given May a slim majority. However, the need for May to return to London underlines how important domestic politics continue to be for traders in the British Pound.

Any Parliamentary defeat, which could result in a change of leadership and even a new election, would almost certainly weaken the currency. Moreover, a weak Government would have little leverage in the Brexit talks to determine the terms of the UK’s divorce from the European Union.

This is important as trading in the Pound has been dominated in recent days by speculation that UK monetary policy could be tightened earlier than previously expected. The currency surged to a three-week high yesterday, and the FTSE 100 index of leading London-listed stocks fell, after Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said a UK interest rate rise was probably necessary and that the central bank would debate this “in the coming months”.

Chart: GBPUSD 15-Minute Timeframe (June 28-29, 2017)

Brexit Briefing: Don't Forget, For GBP, Politics Remain Important

Chart by IG

Monetary policy will almost certainly remain the most important driver of GBPUSD and GBP crosses in the weeks to come but traders would be wise to keep an eye on the Westminster Parliament too.


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--- Written by Martin Essex, Analyst and Editor

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