Spanish, Dutch have no new agreement on Brexit, Dutch official says

BloombergPound to euro exchange rate Sterling was trading at 1.1222 against the euro this morning

Sterling climbs to its highest level since the Brexit referendum on Friday.

Earlier today, there were reports that Dutch and Spanish finance ministers have agreed to work together to push for a Brexit deal that keeps Britain as close to the European Union as possible (see post).

Spanish and Dutch finance ministers have agreed to push for a Brexit deal that keeps Britain as close to the European Union as possible, according to a person familiar with the situation.

"We'll need substance in these reports plus a transition deal and positive United Kingdom data to keep the pound supported here", said Viraj Patel, a currency strategist at ING Groep NV.

It's good news for Brits travelling to the States this year as the pound has just hit the highest levels against the dollar since the Brexit vote. It gained 0.1 per cent to 88.80 pence per euro while the yield on United Kingdom 10-year government bonds gained three basis points to 1.34 per cent.

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Neil Wilson, senior market analyst at ETX Capital, said: "Although the comments came from just two ministers who don't necessarily speak for the Barnier team as such, there is a sense that the direction of travel for the United Kingdom with regards Brexit is a lot more positive than it was prior to December".

The rise today was due to a report that Spain and the Netherlands were open to a softer Brexit deal for Britain.

Nomura currency strategist Jordan Rochester said the move higher for sterling was driven by a "big algo move", referring to an algorithmic trade, while he also played down attaching too much importance to the Bloomberg report.

"Sterling is benefiting from the dollar weakness and the growing euro strength rather any pound-specific factors, which if anything have been underwhelming this week", said Alvin Tan at Societe Generale.


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