Welcome Guest! | World Time






New York

Sterling edges up ahead of UK decision on Brexit negotiations

Friday,   16-Oct-2020   02:49 PM (IST)

Sterling rose slightly on Friday but was still on track to end the week on a loss, as markets waited for Britain to say whether it would continue with Brexit negotiations after the European Union leaders’ summit left the UK disappointed. Britain left the European Union in January. Since then, both sides have been locked in negotiations to try and reach a trade deal before the status-quo transition period ends on Dec. 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will set out his approach to Brexit later on Friday. He had previously set Oct. 15 as a deadline after which the UK would quit negotiations if a deal had not been reached. Currently, the pound was up versus the dollar, at $1.2930, but set to end the week down 0.9%. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the EU was demanding that the UK make all of the compromises. He also said that both sides were “close” to a deal. But Germany’s Europe minister said that no progress has been made on the main topics. The EU’s chief negotiator said that the bloc’s national leaders want a deal, but not at any cost. The main areas of contention are: fair competition, dispute resolution and fisheries, with France taking a particularly hardline on the latter. The possibility of negative rates is also weighing on sterling and analysts say this as linked to the Brexit situation because the Bank of England would be more likely to slash rates if the UK’s economy deteriorates after a no-deal outcome. London will enter a new level of COVID-19 lockdown from midnight on Friday, meaning different households cannot mix indoors.