The British pound was on track to snap a record losing streak against the euro on Friday as British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared to be about to announce her departure date after two years of trying to push through a Brexit divorce deal.
While there is no clarity on who her successor will be, markets are concerned that the next prime minister will want a tougher divorce deal, although the EU has said it will not renegotiate the Withdrawal Treaty it sealed in November.
Those concerns have pulled the rug from under the pound over the last two weeks, prompting traders to sell the currency against the euro and the dollar aggressively and dialling up expectations of Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal.
But on Friday, markets were broadly in a consolidation phase after 14 consecutive days of losses against the euro as traders trimmed back some of their negative bets on the pound before a mid-morning statement by May.
The pound edged up 0.1 percent up against the euro at 88.28 pence. Against the dollar it also rose 0.1 percent higher, to $1.2672.
Source : Reuters