Theresa May loses meaningful vote and Sterling loses value – Two more key votes this week

Pound to Euro exchange rates Sterling unstable against the Euro owing to Brexit uncertainty

Last night saw Theresa May lose her meaningful vote once again and this has led to uncertainty for the UK and indeed Sterling exchange rates.

Pound to Euro exchange rates

Yesterday morning we saw Sterling breach the 1.17 mark against the Euro and traders seemed to be filled with confidence that a deal for the UK could be on the horizon.

As the morning progressed Sterling then started to weaken and this was due to news that the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox had suggested that the new changes were not totally legally binding.

He then continued on to inform the House of Commons that they had a duty of care to the UK and to be very wary of voting down the deal, as although the new terms were not legally binding, if the EU did not act in good faith there were other options available to resolve the matter.

This didn’t seem to turn many heads in the right direction as news broke late last night that Prime Minister May had lost the vote by a margin of 149, suggesting she is still a very long way away from getting her Brexit deal approved.

No deal Brexit vote expected today

Today now brings about a new vote on whether Parliament would like to leave the EU with ‘no deal’. It is unlikely that we will see this get voted through as this could be seen from the outside as very damaging to the economy, but you can never rule these things out!

Personally, unless it does start to look like we may see the no deal vote go through, I expect a slightly less volatile trading day, but the rest of the week will most likely be extremely volatile again.

The rest of the week is expected to be volatile

Tomorrow, assuming today’s vote does not go through will lead to a vote on whether or not Parliament will seek an extension to Article 50. Last night Prime Minister May suggested that if this is the route that we are to take then the EU will only approve this if we can suggest why we would like the extension. More time to negotiate may not wash with the EU so other options, including a second referendum will have to be debated. I think these kind of subjects could lead to great volatility for Pound to Euro exchange rates.

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Sterling Forecast: Pound rises as Theresa May enters her possible breakthrough day

Sterling Forecast: Pound rises as Theresa May enters her possible breakthrough day

The Pound has gained ground against all major currencies overnight following news that Theresa May has managed to return from Strasbourg with some progress on her latest Brexit withdrawal deal.

Today is crunch time for Prime Minister May as she awaits the meaningful vote on her latest Brexit deal, which should be of great importance for Sterling exchange rates.

News overnight suggested that the latest developments with the deal have increased the chances of it being voted through. However this is still far from a foregone conclusion. For those holding out for a Sterling spike you must aware that there is no guarantee that the Pound will continue this climb.

My personal opinion is that if a deal goes through today then we will most likely see further Sterling strength against all major currencies but should it not get voted through then we are in for a bout of uncertainty over the next 48 hours and the Pound may lose value.

This would lead us onto two further votes, one for no deal and one for an extension to article 50. It is unlikely that the option of ‘no deal’ would get voted through, however if it did then we may see Sterling fall out of favour. Should we see an extension to Article 50 then it is hard to call which way the markets would take this.

I feel now that even if the vote goes through today then we may still need to seek an extension as there are still a lot of issues to iron out and very little time to do so.

All in all (and it is somewhat of a lottery to predict at present) my personal feeling is that the Pound will have a strong week and that even if the vote does not get through tonight, the Government are on the cusp of getting a deal over the line and they will most likely get something through in the coming days and weeks.

We will be running a live blog on the vote on this site later today so be sure to keep checking back for the latest updates.

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GBP/EUR rate hits new 22 month high of 1.1766

Pound to Euro Rates Marooned Under 1.12 as UK Political Battle Intensifies

Pound Sterling strength as May claims to have gained concessions on the Irish Border from Brussels

Theresa May will put forward her Brexit deal to Parliament today and there has been news she has secured legally binding changes to it at 11th hour talks with the EU in Strasbourg.

Mrs May stated changes to the Irish backstop could not become permanent. President of the European Commission, Jean Claude Junker seemed to confirm May’s claims and said that she had delivered what Parliament had asked her to do. He did however go on to warn that if the deal was not voted through there would be “no third chance”.

There were two forms of documentation that were agreed this week in Strasbourg. One of which is a joint legally binding instrument on the withdrawal agreement which the United Kingdom gains the right to start a formal dispute against the EU if it tried to keep Britain tied to the Irish backstop permanently.

The other document is a joint statement regarding the future relationship between the UK and the EU which commits to replacing the backstop before December 2020.

Attorney General, Geoffery Cox will give his view on the legality of the new changes and whether they can be constituted as binding.

The deal will be debated throughout the day and the voting is due to take place this evening.

The news caused Sterling to make considerable gains against the majority of major currencies. Although many believe the deal still falls short of their expectations. Although the probability of May’s deal being voted through have increased it is by no means a foregone conclusion.

What’s next for Brexit if the vote is lost in Parliament?

If the vote fails we will witness a vote the following day on whether Parliament will be willing to leave the EU with no deal. I think this is highly unlikely considering how vocal many MPs have been about their discontent with this potential scenario.

If this is the case, we will then see a third vote on whether or not there should be an extension to the Brexit deadline, which I think is the likely outcome.

Although this has been factored into the exchange somewhat already I still think we will witness further gains if this is the outcome of the voting.

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Pound vs euro forecast: Theresa May confirms meaningful vote will go ahead

Pound vs Euro forecast: Theresa May confirms meaningful vote will go ahead

The UK Government has confirmed that the meaningful vote will go ahead tomorrow, despite fears that more than 100 MPs could again vote against the Prime Minister’s deal.

There had been rumors that Theresa May would replace the meaningful vote with a conditional motion that would outline acceptable terms to deal with the Irish backstop. However, this was fiercely opposed by Remainers who expected that the Prime Minister would lose the support of the House of Commons if she didn’t honour the vote.

Tomorrow’s vote will be closely followed by another on Wednesday, when MPs will vote on whether to remove the option of a no deal Brexit. Then on Thursday, the House of Commons will vote on whether to extend Article 50.

An extension to Article 50 would not only mean that the UK does not leave the European Union on 29th March, but could result in the UK paying more in the divorce settlement, as the financial and legal demands of the EU increase.

Today’s GBP/EUR rate

The pound started the day lower against the euro today, but has now recouped earlier losses and the interbank GBP/EUR rate is now back above 1.16.

Few are expecting Theresa May to get her Brexit deal through Parliament tomorrow, but it’s quite feasible that the House of Commons could vote to remove a ‘no deal’ scenario and/or extend Article 50 later in the week. Both of these events could provide sterling with support, strengthening the pound against the euro.

Interest in selling the pound against the euro, and other major currencies is dwindling as markets bet that a ‘no deal’ Brexit scenario will be avoided. Despite the uncertainty and possible volatility this week, I would not be at all surprised to see the pound trading higher against the euro by Friday.

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Crucial week ahead for the Pound vs the Euro owing to votes in the House of Commons

Pound to Canadian Dollar forecast Brexit remains in Limbo

We are now just one day from potentially the biggest day of the year for Sterling Euro exchange rates as the House of Commons are due to meet to vote on the latest Brexit deal on offer by Theresa May.

Only last week the Attorney General Geoffrey Cox came back from Europe with little changes made to the current Irish backstop agreement and therefore it looks highly unlikely that the vote will go through tomorrow.

If this happens then the next step will be to vote on whether or not to look at voting in favour of a no deal Brexit, which is also highly unlikely to happen. This will then mean that the chances of Article 50 being extended go up and it will be interesting to see how this is reflected in Sterling exchange rates.

I think we could possibly see Sterling go in an upwards direction against the Euro if a no deal is completely removed from the debate as this will provide a lot of assurances for British business.

However, it does not remove the uncertainty as to how long the Brexit talks will continue so we could be in for a lot of movements on GBP/EUR exchange rates during the course of this week so make sure you’re well prepared to act quickly if you have a currency transfer to make.

As we saw towards the end of last week there was a lot of movement on Friday afternoon with Sterling Euro rates moving up and down by over half a cent owing to the uncertainty of this week’s potential vote.

Over the weekend some Tory MPs have urged the Prime Minister to potentially delay the vote, but with less than three weeks to go before the UK is due to leave the European Union, times is clearly running out so to delay this vote could cause huge problems politically for the Prime Minister.

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Pound Sterling Forecast: Will the Pound strengthen further against the Euro?

Pound to Euro outlook Could pound to Euro exchange rates rise back above 1.10?

Brexit continues to be the key factor on Sterling value and I would expect current levels to remain until voting on Theresa May’s current Brexit deal begins which is due to take place before 12th March, although it is more than likely to take place on the day itself.

Unless the PM gains concessions from Brussels on the Irish border I think her Brexit deal will fail and will not be voted through by MPs. If this is the case a vote will be held the following day on whether or not Parliament will be willing to leave the EU without a deal.

I think this is unlikely and if that is the case we will then see a third vote the following day. This will concern whether or not there should be an extension to the March 29th deadline.
I think an extension will be the likely outcome and this could cause a further rise in the Pound’s value despite this being factored somewhat into current levels on GBP/EUR.

The PM could have something agreed behind closed doors with Jean-Claude Junker which could see an eleventh hour deal, but I feel this is less likely than an extension to Article 50. I believe the probability of a no deal has now dropped substantially.

Is now the best time to sell Euros?

If you are sitting on Euros with the hope of a large fall in the Pound I would be wary. You are essentially relying on a no deal scenario which now seems far less likely. Morgan Stanley stated recently there is less than 5% chance of a no deal Brexit scenario occurring and Parliament have been vocal their intention is to make sure this does not occur. There is the potential for movement in your favour as negotiations intensify, but I do not think there will be huge gains. The risk is if news filters through that an agreement has been reached on the Irish border we could see significant gains for the Pound which could prove costly.

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GBP to AUD forecast: Further problems for the Australian dollar against sterling

Pound to Australian Dollar rate AUD sell off continues despite ongoing Brexit uncertainty

The Australian dollar has lost further momentum against sterling as the latest Australian Growth numbers disappointed overnight. GDP for the quarter was released at 0.2% down 0.1% and GDP for the year fell by 0.2% to 2.3%. This data release puts further pressure on an economy that is already struggling.

The slowdown in China due to the ongoing trade war with the US is causing investment to slow in Australia. The housing market in particular is under severe pressure and the Reserve Bank of Australia have hinted at cutting interest rates in the near future. I find it difficult to see how the tide is going to turn anytime soon in Australia therefore I expect further weakness for the Australian dollar.

Since the start of the year, GBP/AUD exchange rates have increased by 10 cents. For clients that are emigrating down under, they are now receiving an additional AUD $40,000 on a £400,000 transfer. But what next?

March is key for Sterling exchange rates

The next 2 weeks could shape the UK economy for many years to come. UK Prime Minister Theresa May and the Attorney General Mr Cox are trying to get further concessions from the EU at present as it appears that further concessions are needed if MPs are to vote in favour of Theresa May’s Brexit deal on the 12th March. If it’s the case in the upcoming days the EU give further concession I expect the pound to continue to increase in value and GBP/AUD rates to breach 1.90 as a deal is likely to be stuck.

However, if Mr Cox fails to achieve further concessions, its unlikely Theresa May’s deal will be passed, therefore MPs will vote on whether the UK will crash out of the EU on the 13th March. It doesn’t appear that there is the appetite in Parliament for a crash out Brexit, therefore I don’t expect this to pass with a majority. Nevertheless, if this was to materialise the gains that the pound has made against the Australian dollar will diminish and I expect we could breach the lower points we saw throughout last year 1.60.

If my predictions come true, I expect MPs to be voting for the third day in a row as MPs will not vote in favour of Theresa May’s deal or a crash out, therefore they will be voting in favour to extend Article 50. If this happens this could cause the pound to rally further against the Aussie dollar as the chances of crashing out of the EU would have completely diminished.

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GBP/EUR rates: One week until the meaningful vote and the impact upon Sterling vs Euro

Pound to Euro Rates Marooned Under 1.12 as UK Political Battle Intensifies

Sterling has been trading close to a 2 year high against the Euro in the last week as it appears as though the latest Brexit news is helping to support the value of the Pound against a number of different currencies.

Will Article 50 be extended?

The likelihood is that we could see an extension to Article 50 and this has helped the Pound to increase as investors look to second guess what may happen in the next few weeks.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested that she is willing to allow more time for the talks to progress and with just one week before the UK is set to hold its next ‘meaningful vote’ in the House of Commons we could be in for a very volatile period coming for Sterling exchange rates particularly against the Euro.

How will the Brexit vote affect GBP/EUR rates?

It has been made evident since early December that MPs are not happy with the current terms being offered by the Prime Minister, and with less than a month to go Theresa May is running out of time to get her proposed Brexit deal through.

If we see another defeat next week then this moves us to either the option of a ‘no deal’ Brexit or an extension. I personally cannot see a ‘no deal’ happening so in my mind the likelihood will be for an extension and I think this could move the Pound in an upwards direction against the Euro.

Further Sterling strength could be on the horizon

As we saw over two years ago when the original EU referendum took place, the reason why the Pound plummeted against the Euro was because of the risk to trade. An extension allows a period of relief and this is why I think the Pound could move up against the Euro in the next few weeks, providing some better opportunities for those looking to send money to Europe.

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Pound Sterling Strength: Sterling Making Impressive Gains Against the Euro

Pound Sterling Strength: Sterling Making Impressive Gains Against the Euro

Pound Sterling forecast: Sterling has continued where it left off last week, with further gains against all the major currencies. The Pound had its strongest week of the year, making impressive gains against the Euro in particular.

GBP/EUR rates reached a two year high

GBP/EUR rates hit a fresh two year high, moving through 1.17, providing those clients holding the Pound with some much needed respite after months of stagnation.

The catalyst for this upturn was largely down to a reduced chance of a no-deal Brexit and a delay to the planned exit date of March 29th. With the current deadline fast approaching, action and not words is certainly required.

I will remain cautiously optimistic at this point, due to the fact this is not the first time we have heard that progress is being made. However, despite the previous false dawn, it does finally seem as though UK Prime Minister is making headway in her talks with the EU regarding a softening of their current stance on the Irish backstop. This is key to persuading MPs to vote in favour of her Brexit deal, when the next “meaningful” vote takes place on March 12th.

The Euro did find some support above 1.17 but only managed minimal gains and with the current GBP/EUR levels trading just under this threshold, any further progress this week is likely to drive Sterling value back up.

Those selling Euros will be disappointed at last week’s developments but may in time still look back on the current levels as offering fair value, especially when they consider the history on the GBP/EUR pair.

Any major realignment for the single currency is likely to dependent on a no-deal Brexit and with this scenario now looking less likely, I do not anticipate a move back towards the post-referendum highs.

As such, Euro sellers may wish to consider their positions ahead of what could be a period of relative downturn, assuming that Brexit talks do finally yield a positive outcome.

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GBP to EUR rates: Pound remains stable in 1.16s against Euro – Will the Pound keep rising?

Pound Sterling exchange rates remain flat with minimal economic data or Brexit news to feed from

The Pound has had one of the best weeks seen since the referendum, making gains against all major currencies as Sterling has come well and truly back into fashion, well at least for the time being!

Investors and speculators have found an increased demand for Sterling and this has given the Pound a welcome boost for those looking to buy property overseas or for business owners that buy their stock in foreign currency.

The main reason behind the rise appears to be positive vibes around the city that it is now highly unlikely that the UK will walk the plank with a ‘no deal’ Brexit and it appears that any of the other avenues seem to be leading to Sterling strength.

We now have a key 2 weeks ahead for the UK and indeed for Sterling exchange rates. I would personally expect a lot of market volatility during this period, which way depends on how the situation for Theresa May pans out but if I had to predict myself I would not be surprised to see a little more Sterling strength.

Having worked in the currency markets for over 11 years now though nothing surprises me and the markets often tend to ‘swim against the tide’ and do everything that they can to prove the majority wrong, so there could still be situations ahead that cause the Pound to come under pressure too.

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