LONDON (Reuters) – Sterling jumped on Thursday after the European Commision and Britain agreed on a draft text for future EU-UK ties following their divorce.
The pound rose nearly one percent to hit a day’s high of $1.2894 after the agreed draft declaration stated that parties have “a trading relationship on goods that is as close as possible.”
Sterling also jumped half a percent versus the euro to hit a day’s high of 88.70 pence.
British government bond futures dropped around 20 ticks, last at 122.80.
The UK’s FTSE 100 hit a session low as sterling rallied strongly. The index was down 1.2 percent and lagging European peers as the strong sterling dented its exporter stocks
(Reporting by Tom Finn; Editing by Tommy Wilkes)