By Danilo Masoni
MILAN (Reuters) - Britain's top share index joined a European rally on Monday as gains in sterling were curbed by uncertainty over next month's vote in parliament over the Brexit deal that won backing on Sunday in Brussels.
The exporter-heavy FTSE 100 <.FTSE>, which makes around 70 percent of its income abroad and tends to benefit from a weaker pound, rose 1.1 percent, while the more domestically focused FTSE 250 index <.FTMC> added 1.2 percent.
"Theresa May's Brussels success comes laden with some potentially deal-sinking domestic caveats, namely the House of Commons’ 'meaningful vote' expected to be held on 12th December," said Forex.com analyst Connor Campbell.
Financials gave the biggest boost to the FTSE with shares in banks HSBC
Their gains also reflected strength in the broader European banking sector <.SX7P> which rallied to reports that Italy could lower its budget deficit target to avoid a disciplinary procedure from Brussels.
Oil stocks were also in demand as crude prices clawed back some losses from a nearly 8-percent plunge the previous session. [O/R]
Shares in Royal Dutch Shell
Faroe Petroleum rose to 156.5 pence per share, topping the 152 pence offered by DNO.
Among the few losers on the FTSE was Melrose
(Reporting by Danilo Masoni; Editing by Janet Lawrence)