Pound recovers losses after crunch Brexit vote
The pound has recovered some of its losses after Tuesday’s crunch Parliamentary vote where MPs rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal.
Sterling was trading down 0.25% versus the US dollar at 1.283 and increased 0.29% against the euro at 1.124 after MPs decisively rejected the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement.
Ahead of the meaningful vote, the pound had been trading down over 1% versus the US dollar at 1.273 and shed 0.3% against the euro at 1.118.
It had been feared that the pound would tank further if Parliament rejected the deal with a large majority.
MPs rejected Mrs May’s Brexit plans by an emphatic 432 votes to 202, throwing the future of her administration and the nature of the UK’s EU withdrawal into doubt.
But markets did not seem to be panicking, with the pound rising in value following the results, which were announced at around 7.40pm.
XTB online trading said: “Traders are seemingly taking the outcome as paving the way for an extension of the Article 50 deadline, rather than increasing the chances of a no-deal Brexit and this has caused the recovery seen in the pound.
“Attention now turns to what happens next with the levels of uncertainty raised once more and moving up to unprecedented heights.”