The pound rises after UK and EU agree draft declaration

Sterling made a slight gain against the dollar following leaked Brexit text that showed the UK and EU reaching an agreement on their future relationship.

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Source: Bloomberg

The pound climbed 1% against the dollar to $1.29 after Britain and the EU agree to maintain an ‘ambitious, broad, deep and flexible partnership’ post-Brexit, according text from a draft declaration that was leaked on Thursday.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May and EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker have agreed on most of the major points outline in a Brexit draft agreement that outlines Britain’s future relationship with the EU.

UK-EU agree to ‘flexible’ future

The leaked draft will not offer May the ‘frictionless’ trade that she initially asked for with the EU post-Brexit, but the wording of the declaration remains very positive as the prime minister hopes to gain support for her deal from the 27 EU member states and MPs in the House of Commons later this month.

‘While it cannot amount to the rights or obligations of membership, the Parties are agreed that the future relationship should be approached with high ambition with regard to its scope and depth, and recognise that this might evolve over time,’ the draft document says.

‘Above all, it should be a relationship that will work in the interests of citizens of the Union and the United Kingdom, now and in the future.’

The document goes on to say how the EU and the UK ‘will convene a high level conference at least every six months from the date of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the Union to take stock of progress’, with the aim of strengthening their future relationship in the years after Brexit.

President of the EU Council Donald Tusk tweeted that the text ‘has been agreed at negotiators’ level and agreed in principle at political level, subject to the endorsement’ of EU leaders at Sunday’s summit.

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