It’s crunch time for Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement. The Prime Minister announced new ‘legally binding’ changes to the backstop issue after a last-minute meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker – and the pound hit a 22-month high as hopes rose. But will it be enough to pass it through Parliament?
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The Prime Minister announced last night that her meeting with Juncker had resulted in a ‘joint legally binding instrument’, which would allow the UK to start a formal dispute if the EU attempted to keep the UK tied into the backstop.
She also announced a unilateral declaration, which will set out the UK’s view that nothing prevents is leaving the backstop arrangement if discussions break down.
Meanwhile, US retail sales disappointed, failing to make up shortfall from December. Brexit hopes buoying the pound caused the dollar to weaken. Today we will see inflation figures, which could have an important impact on the dollar.
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