Published On: Sat, Jan 13th, 2018

Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote.

Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote

Sterling has jumped to its highest level against the US dollar since the Brexit vote.

The surge to more than $1.37 came after Bloomberg reported that the Spanish and Dutch finance ministers had agreed to seek a Brexit deal that kept the UK as close to the EU as possible.

Both countries denied the report but the currency continued to climb.

It gained more than 1% to its highest level since 24 June 2016 and was trading at $1.3733 on Friday evening.

The currency had been trading at about $1.50 before the result of the referendum became clear.

Analysts said the weakness of the dollar had also boosted the currency.

“The dollar was really down in the dumps this Friday, the currency losing its way in the face of positive political updates from the Eurozone and the UK, and a disappointing afternoon of US data,” said Connor Campbell of Spreadex.

Mizuho analyst Neil Jones said the Bloomberg report, if true, was less significant than the sterling rally suggested.

“Just because two of the 27 members say this, it doesn’t mean a softer Brexit will happen. I doubt it’s as straightforward as that,” he said.

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Pound hits highest level since Brexit vote.