Brexit Latest: Sterling (GBP) Remains Firm Despite Ongoing Confusion
Brexit Latest News – GBP/USD Price, Chart and Analysis
- EU extension offer on hold until Parliament makes some firm decisions.
- Sterling remains better bid despite unsettled political landscape.
Brexit Latest: Sterling Brushes Off Muddled Messages
It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand either the Conservative or Labour plans for Brexit with mixed messages continuing to cloud the picture. As one political editor of a major newspaper (Tom Newton Dunn of The Sun) succinctly tweeted –
‘Two days is a long time in British politics. The PM now wants to abandon the Brexit bill he wanted to pass so much on Tuesday for an election instead. Labour don’t want the election they said they did want, and now want to pass the bill they tried to vote down on Tuesday’.
UK PM Boris Johnson is also facing calls from within his party to hold back on calling a general election before Brexit is delivered, while the EU is said to be mulling a three-month extension offer although French President Macron wants any extension to expire on November 15. And the Liberal Democrats have once again pushed for a second referendum by proposing an amendment to the Queen’s Speech.
Against this backdrop, Sterling (GBP) is doing well to stay at its current levels. GBPUSD remains either side of 1.2900 with support off the recent double lows and 61.8% Fibonacci retracement at 1.2838. Below here support is seen off the 50% Fib retracement at 1.2670and the 200-day moving average at 1.2655. The first level of resistance – Monday’s multi-month high at 1.3009 – will only be tested if political fundamentals change, while a break and close above here would open the way to 1.3177.
GBP/USD Daily Price Chart (February - October 24, 2019)
IG Client Sentimentshows that retail traders are 50% net-short GBP/USD, giving us a mixed outlook.
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