GBP/USD Climbs Higher After Johnson Reveals ‘Final’ Brexit Plan

Posted Thursday, October 3, 2019 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

The pound regained some of its strength and is trading steady against the US dollar into Thursday after PM Boris Johnson revealed his ‘final’ Brexit plan. At the time of writing, GBP/USD is trading around 1.23.

In his latest plan, Johnson proposes that Northern Ireland continue to remain a part of EU’s single market but leave its customs union, which would lead to the creation of customs checks along the Irish border. New customs checks would come up along the Ireland-Northern Ireland border, including some electronic ones. While goods entering Northern Ireland from Ireland will not undergo any checks, goods moving from other parts of the UK to Northern Ireland will be subject to checks along the border.

Unfortunately for Johnson, the plan doesn’t seem too well received at the EU’s end with Michael Barnier calling it a “trap”. The European parliament’s Brexit steering committee is expected to state that MEPs will not vote in support of the new proposal, reducing the chances of a new Brexit deal by the EU summit on October 17.

Johnson, meanwhile, continues to increase the pressure on the Union stating his intentions to take Britain out of the EU on October 31, with or without a deal. According to Johnson, “This government wants to get a deal, as I’m sure we all do. If we cannot reach one, it would represent a failure of statecraft for which we would all be responsible.”

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