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The British pound gave back some gains on Wednesday in Asia after gaining overnight. A Bloomberg reported that the U.K. and European Union are close to agreeing on a legal draft of a Brexit deal.
The pair was down 0.2% to 1.2755 by 12:18 AM ET (04:18 GMT).
The pound spiked yesterday after European Michel Barnier said a draft legal text was being drawn up, and that an agreement “is still possible this week.”
“Our team(s) are working hard, and work has just started now today, this work has been intense over the weekend and yesterday, because even if the agreement will be difficult, more and more difficult, to be frank, it is still possible this week,” Barnier told reporters in Luxembourg on Tuesday morning.
He added that “any agreement must work for everyone,” saying it is “high time to turn good intentions into a legal text.”
The deal however is dependent on Prime Minister Boris Johnson getting support from the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which is uncertain. The two sides are racing to reach a deal before the Oct. 31 deadline, but remain optimistic that an agreement will be made by the end of Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the last was little changed at 98.042.
Tensions between the U.S. and China flared up again after the U.S. House passed four measures, including the “Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act”, on Tuesday in unanimous voice votes.
A similar bill is in front of the Senate.Beijing has threatened to retaliate if Congress passes a bill.
The pair gained 0.2% to 7.0964.
On the data front, the U.S. retail sales data are set to be released later in the day and are forecast to increase for a seventh straight month.
China will release third-quarter GDP, September industrial production and retail sales data on Friday.
The pair lost 0.3% to 0.6731. The pair dropped 0.2% to 108.63.
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