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According to ING analysts UK PM Johnson’s intention to suspend parliament underscores the uncertainty and the ample downside risk the pound faces  over the coming weeks.

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“Even if parliament attempts to legislate  against ‘no deal’,  the week-long window before parliament is suspended is unlikely to be long enough for this to succeed. It also seems  too early for a no-confidence vote to be successful (this in our view will likely happen in the latter part of October). This suggests more pressure on GBP as the perceived risk of  a ‘no deal’ Brexit won’t be reduced during the first half of September. If anything it could  rise, pointing to further sterling weakness.”

“We look for GBP weakness to build into the mid-October EU summit, given a deal still seems unlikely and the uncertainty about a hard Brexit will increase. This is when we expect EUR/GBP to re-test the multi-year high of 0.9325 reached earlier this month.”

“The recent compression in GBP risk premia (be it as a measure of our short-term EUR/GBP financial fair value, or  EUR/GBP risk reversals) points to  room for further GBP downside, as  risk premium can be rebuilt into GBP yet again.”

“However, in the final two  weeks of October (after the EU summit), the most likely scenario is that the UK parliament delivers a vote of no confidence in the government and paves the way for early elections. This should stabilise GBP in the early part of 4Q19 as the worst case of a  ‘no deal’ Brexit is averted. However, it is still too early position for the eventual GBP rebound at this point as we believe things will get worse before they get better.”