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Coveney pours cold water over Brexit hopes

The Backstop Will Never Be Resolved

Posted Friday, September 20, 2019 by
Skerdian Meta • 1 min read

Until recently, the UK seemed to be heading out of the EU without a deal, as the UK prime minister Boris Johnson stated. But, the UK opposition and some of the Tory MPs voted to make that illegal last week. As a result, the GBP has turned bullish on hopes of another Brexit extension, but everything points to a no-deal Brexit scenario.

The Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney made some comments on the Irish backstop issue, which show that this issue will never be resolved. Below are his comments:

  • There is still a wide gap between both sides on Brexit
  • There are serious problems due to change of approach by Boris Johnson
  • We still want to get a deal and avoid a no-deal outcome
  • There is a lot of commentary on Brexit and “some of it is spin”
  • Says that we need a dose of reality
  • We are still waiting for serious proposals from the UK
  • Backstop alternatives do not stand up to scrutiny
  • UK request on Brexit compromise is unreasonable
  • We cannot sign up to a deal that replaces a guarantee with a promise
  • If there is an alternative that works, we have no problem with that
  • To be honest, we are not close to a deal right now
  • But the ‘mood music’ has improved on Brexit

Yes, the ‘mood music’ has improved. We know that, that’s why the GBP has rallied in recent weeks. But, Brexit remains where it has been all along. No solution on the Irish backstop, so no Brexit deal. The GBP has turned bearish on these comments and has lost around 60 pips.

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Skerdian Meta // Lead Analyst
Skerdian Meta Lead Analyst. Skerdian is a professional Forex trader and a market analyst. He has been actively engaged in market analysis for the past 11 years. Before becoming our head analyst, Skerdian served as a trader and market analyst in Saxo Bank's local branch, Aksioner. Skerdian specialized in experimenting with developing models and hands-on trading. Skerdian has a masters degree in finance and investment.
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