Sterling rises after Bailey’s remarks

The British pound rose slightly against the US dollar on Thursday, following Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey comments.

Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey said that the Brexit talks should result in a trade deal between the UK and the EU to prevent a no-deal Brexit scenario.


The bank governor also believes that a second wave of Covid infections will not be as destructive to the British economy as the first one.


Bailey confirmed that reaching a trade agreement is in the interest of both sides, adding that he's surprised that the EU wants to restrict where their citizens can do business.


Bailey stressed "we will certainly keep our markets open to the world," as the post-Brexit transition period near its end this year on January 31.


As of 21:26 GMT, GBP/USD rose by 0.1% to 1.2934, after hitting a day high of 1.2971 and a low of 1.2892.

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