Sterling Waits for UK Government to Publish Brexit 'Impact' Analysis
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- UK economy is expected to be worse off under all forms of Brexit.
- Sterling may nudge lower but negative news already factored in.
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Sterling (GBP) Treads Water Ahead of Official Brexit Analysis
The British Pound is marginally higher in early turnover as it waits for the release of the government’s official analysis of the potential long-term effects on the UK economy ofvarious forms of Brexit. According to media reports the cost to the economy will range between GBP40 billion and GBP150 billion over 15 years with no outcome producing a positive benefit. The report is expected to be released at 16:30 GMT. Some commentators have opined that today’s release is analysis and not an official forecast, while former Brexit minister Dominic Raab said that he expects a re-hash of Project Fear today, adding that the Treasury has a credibility gap based on their track record of failure.
Ahead of the release, Sterling continues to trade sideways with little reason to make any decisive move. A slightly weaker US dollar has helped GBPUSD to nudge slightly higher to 1.2770, while EURGBP is marginally lower at 0.8840 with the single currency a touch lower on continued Italian Budget worries and ongoing Euro-Zone growth concerns. In addition, unofficial commentary Tuesday that the US is looking to impose a 25% tariff on European car imports also weighed on the currency.
GBPUSD Daily Price Chart (May – November 28, 2018)
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