Pound jumps against dollar on report of Brexit banks deal breakthrough

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Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said at The Monetary Policy Committee Wednesday that there may be a need for faster rate increases in the coming years after the break from the European Union, dubbed "Brexit", is completed.

The UK attempted to downplay the report, with British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesperson suggesting that at this point any sort of deal is "sheer speculation" despite progress being made when it comes to agreeing on new arrangements for financial service negotiations.

Britain would experience a "moderate" recession lasting four to five quarters in the event of a no-deal Brexit, S&P predicted.

The Bank of England has left interest rates unchanged at 0.75%, but stressed it was poised to respond "in either direction" as it awaits the outcome of Brexit talks. The vote on rates is very likely to remain unanimous in favour of no change, although there is a slight risk of a growth forecast downgrade given the prolonged Brexit discussions.

Lidington said officials would come up with proposals by early next year to replace the current regular meetings at European Union meetings that helped improve the "indispensable relationship".

"The implications for the appropriate path of monetary policy will depend on the balance of the effects on demand, supply and the exchange rate".

"Were the economy to continue to develop broadly in line with the November Inflation Report projections, an ongoing tightening of monetary policy over the forecast period would be appropriate", the MPC's summary of its meeting said. It sees the inflation rate staying above its 2% target for the next two years.

This is some way below the rate of above 2 percent that was typical before Britain voted to leave the European Union, but the BoE said the economy was at full capacity and inflation would take three years to drop from 2.4 percent now to its 2 percent target.

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United Kingdom annual inflation slid to 2.4 per cent in September on falling food prices, from a six-month high of 2.7 per cent in August.

The BoE said policymakers would need to balance the hit to growth from lost trade, uncertainty and tighter financial conditions.

Investors also bought Sterling on Wednesday in reaction to comments from UK Brexit Minister Dominic Raab, who said he expected a UK-EU Brexit deal would be finalised by the 21st of November.

London wants an agreement that would allow British financial services firms to keep operating in Europe after Brexit on 29 March 2019, in particular to protect the financial position of the City.

BoE governor Mark Carney told journalists at a press conference at the bank's central London headquarters to launch its quarterly inflation report: "UK fiscal policy is shifting from a restrictive to a more accommodative stance".

Despite the bump higher in the pound, markets were underwhelmed by the news, according to Laith Khalaf, an analyst at stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown.

Do not assume that interest rates will be slashed if there is a "no-deal" Brexit, the Bank of England today warns households.

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