GBP spikes on Irish, EU governments sounding out Johnson to avoid no-deal Brexit - Sunday Times


  • Positive signals coming from weekend Brexit press helps Sterling off to a good start.
  • GBP/USD rallied from a low of 1.2478 to a high of 1.2519. 

GBP/USD is bid in Asia following positive news with regards to the EU's intentions to thrash out a new Brexit plan that could avoid a no-deal catastrophe. The pound rallied from a low of 1.2478 to a high of 1.2519. 

Reuters has picked up on the Sunday Times newspaper, reporting ahead of Boris Johnson’s likely election next week as Britain’s prime minister, that EU countries are secretly wooing him in a bid to thrash out a new Brexit plan that would avoid a no-deal disaster:

Senior Irish politicians and diplomats have held talks with two of Johnson’s cabinet allies in recent days, it said. German and French figures as well as the Dutch and Belgian governments have also established contact with Johnson’s team and signalled an intention to do a deal, it added.

In a limited extract released on Saturday evening ahead of publication, the paper reported that Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney has indicated Dublin is prepared to compromise.

Johnson has pledged to take Britain out of the EU on Oct. 31 with or without a deal but Coveney said in an article for the paper that EU member Ireland wants to avoid a no-deal exit at all costs.

“If Britain decides to leave without a deal it could cause huge damage to us all,” he wrote. “A no-deal Brexit would devastate the northern Irish economy.”

Johnson is widely expected to have easily beaten his rival, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, when the result of a ballot of members of the ruling Conservative Party for their next leader to replace Theresa May is announced on Tuesday.

May resigned two months ago after failing to persuade parliament to back the exit deal she struck with the EU last November.

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