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Pound rises on UK election news

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Pound rises on UK election news

Comment by John Kinghorn from moneycorp

Well, here we are again. Once more, a political event has had a big impact on the exchange rates, particularly the pound.


This week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May unexpectedly called for a general election in June which she says is necessary to strengthen the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

Since taking over as Prime Minster, Theresa May had consistently ruled out an early election. Therefore the announcement on Tuesday was unexpected and strengthened the pound against all major currencies including the Australian dollar. The general feeling is that an election could provide Theresa May with a much bigger mandate and also importantly a bigger majority in the House of Commons. This potentially could help the Prime Minister and Government during the Brexit negotiations - that's how the news has been interpreted by the currency markets.

Despite the recent strength of the pound, it is worth noting there is still the potential for a lot of volatility in a time of political and economic uncertainty

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Conservative poll lead withers

The last UK general election, the Brexit referendum and Donald Trump's win in November provided ample evidence that opinion polls are not the most reliable indicators of voting outcomes.

Nevertheless, sterling has been rattled by recent polls, one of which gave the Conservatives just a one point lead over Labour. 

Even though all the polls indicate that the Tories will win more seats than any other party the size of their majority is being called into question and those doubts are weighing on the pound. 

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