UK: PM May expected to lay out some detail of her Brexit plans - Rabobank

Research Team at Rabobank suggests that the UK PM May is expected to lay out some detail of her Brexit plans during a speech today.

Key Quotes

“Following her remarks in a TV interview earlier this month, the market is bracing itself for signs that the cabinet is preparing to take the UK out of the EU’s single market.  Although Downing Street has remarked that this is “speculation”, sterling was again under pressure with GBP/USD dipping below the 1.20 level for the first time since the October flash crash.  Several weekend UK newspapers promoted the view that a hard Brexit was the government’s favoured route.  May’s meeting with the New Zealand Prime Minister on Friday and English’s remarks that he wanted to negotiate a “high quality” free trade agreement was cited as evidence that the UK was seeking to strength its trade position outside of the EU (even though New Zealand has a population of under 4.5 million).” 

“UK Chancellor Hammond took a different approach. He told Germany’s Welt an Sonntag that he hoped the UK would remain a European style economy with a corresponding tax and regulation system.  That said, he threatened that the UK economy could be “forced to be something different” it is was “closed off” from the single market.  This sparked speculation that the UK could slash corporation tax to gain a competitive advantage.  Sterling is trading above its overnight low, but in our view it remains a vulnerable currency given the weight of political and economic uncertainty.” 

Information on these pages contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Markets and instruments profiled on this page are for informational purposes only and should not in any way come across as a recommendation to buy or sell in these assets. You should do your own thorough research before making any investment decisions. FXStreet does not in any way guarantee that this information is free from mistakes, errors, or material misstatements. It also does not guarantee that this information is of a timely nature. Investing in Open Markets involves a great deal of risk, including the loss of all or a portion of your investment, as well as emotional distress. All risks, losses and costs associated with investing, including total loss of principal, are your responsibility. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of FXStreet nor its advertisers.

Feed news

Latest Forex News

Editors’ Picks

EUR/USD breaks below 1.0800 amid data imbalances, risk-off

A disappointing German ZEW Survey, better than expected US data and looming coronavirus concerns are pushing EUR/USD lower. 1.0770 next critical support.


GBP/USD bounces above 1.30 as markets shrug off wage figures

GBP/USD is trading above 1.30 as investors ignore weak UK wage figures and Brexit concerns once again. Coronavirus headlines are eyed.


Forex Today: Coronavirus takes a bite from the apple, Gold gains, Bitcoin bounces

The coronavirus outbreak's economic impact is growing as Apple, the iPhone maker has issued a warning that it is unable to meet its guidance due to production and issues and closed stores in China. The tech giant's announcement has been weighing on the market mood, pushing gold and the yen higher. 

Read more

Gold firmer, near $1,600/oz on coronavirus fears

Renewed fears around the Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19) have been supporting the demand for the safe haven metal in past hours, taking the ounce troy to levels just shy of the key $1,600 mark.

Gold News

FXStreet launches Real-Time Trading Signals

FXStreet Signals offers access to explanatory live webinars, real-time notifications when signals are triggered and exclusive membership to the company’s Telegram group, where users get direct guidance by our analysts and get room to discuss and interact.

More info