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Pound volatile as MPs vote in Commons on May’s Brexit deal



The Brexit-hit pound is enduring further volatility as MPs prepare to reject Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement with Brussels.

Sterling was trading more than 1% lower on the day versus the dollar as the clock ticked down to the vote – with traders citing the likelihood of further uncertainty resulting from Tuesday’s parliamentary theatre.

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The UK currency was trading at $1.2730 at 6pm but was only slightly down against the euro – also under pressure amid fears surrounding an economic slowdown in the bloc.

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Corbyn a focus for pound after Brexit vote

The pound has been a barometer of the Brexit process for financial markets – falling from levels just above $1.50 in June 2016 when the UK voted to leave the EU.

It has fallen as low as $1.15 since – though that was largely the result of a trading blip – with the prospect of a softer, or no Brexit, supporting the currency.

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