GBP Falls After May Signs Article 50 Letter

Sterling fell in early Asian trading as investors brace for the start of the two-year negotiation for the U.K. to leave the European Union.

The pound fell as much as 0.6 percent to 1.2377 per dollar, and was the worst performer among the Group-of-10 which saw muted trading. Some funds left it late in adjusting positions and then did so in poor liquidity, said a trader who asked not be identified as he isn’t authorized to speak publicly. Britain’s ambassador is expected to hand EU President Donald Tusk a letter at around 1:30 p.m. local time in Brussels invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.


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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.