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Brexit Update: Theresa May Survives Vote of No Confidence, GBP Rises

Brexit Update: Theresa May Survives Vote of No Confidence, GBP Rises

Peter Hanks, Strategist

Brexit Talking Points:

  • A day after Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down, the Prime Minister found herself facing a vote of no confidence
  • The vote failed 306-325 and reaffirms the support for Theresa May despite the lack of progress in Brexit
  • The Pound immediately tiptoed higher to recoup some of the day’s earlier losses

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United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May survived a vote of no confidence today after the vote failed 306-325. While the outcome was expected, the margin of victory in yesterday’s vote cast some doubt on today’s. Still, the failed vote reaffirms support for May despite a gridlocked Brexit situation.

However, given that members of parliament are not ready for another election, the failed vote brought forth by the Labour party suggests a soft Brexit can still be achieved. In the same vein, Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to find more common ground across party lines which could ultimately result in renewed negotiations with Brussels. On the other hand, all Brexit options seem equally undesirable for the MPs and a second referendum remains a possibility, albeit rather unlikely.

GBP/USD Price Chart 1 - Minute Timeframe, January 16th

GBP price chart on no-confidence vote

The Pound traded slightly higher after the vote, despite the expected outcome. Although Theresa May will remain at the helm, so too will uncertainty and the geopolitical tensions brought about by Brexit. With that in mind, the Pound will continue to take leads from Brexit negotiations and new developments.

--Written by Peter Hanks, Junior Analyst for

Contact and follow Peter on Twitter @PeterHanksFX

Read more: European Political Tensions Helping Keep DXY Index Afloat

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