- British Pound Plunges to Record Low Ahead of Brexit Vote
The British pound plunged to a record-low on Monday ahead of Tuesday’s parliamentary vote in the United Kingdom.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced she will go ahead with the vote despite the majority of the MPs, not in support of the draft Brexit deal.
The uncertainty surrounding the deal plunged the pound across the board, falling to 1.2506 against the U.S dollar. The lowest since April 2017.
“Until the market knows what will happen with respect to Brexit one way or the other then they [traders] will remain extremely anxious,” said Jane Foley, head of foreign exchange strategy at Rabobank.
Ms Foley said the threat of a hard Brexit, under which the UK leaves the EU without a deal, as well as the continuing political uncertainty was “an extraordinary and toxic mix” for the pound.
“Once we know what is happening, things will be more settled,” she added.