It was good news in theory for the pound earlier: Theresa May got the longed-for go-ahead.
Asian stocks traded mostly lower on Friday with the Hang Seng dipping almost -1.5%.
The Bank of England warned earlier of more interest rate rises in an effort to cage UK inflation
The US Federal Reserve last night raised interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point
US inflation frustration saw the dollar slip earlier today.
The third US Federal Reserve interest rate rise in 12 months is expected later today.
UK inflation came in at +3.1% at 9.30am, modestly above a 3% consensus estimate.
Overnight Brent crude soared past $65 a barrel for the first time since 2015.
The FTSE 100 got some support today from a weakened sterling today.
Asian stocks were mostly higher overnight, boosted by more US positivity on Friday
A lack of clarity on the Brexit ‘breakthrough’ forged in the early hours of this morning kept sterling earth-bound today
After a long night of telephone diplomacy and agreement with the DUP – no hard border – a EU-UK divorce deal is agreed.
Bitcoin sailed past $16,000, its meteoric rise unabated putting on around 25% in just the last 24 hours.
The Nikkei’s sharp -2% Wednesday fall was somewhat reversed today.
The pound continued to wilt today, down -0.25% mid-afternoon at 1.3386.