- GBP/USD struggles with 1.3000, not going anywhere fast.
- Brexit continues tearing Britain’s main parties apart and talks are closer to breaking up.
- The technical outlook leans to the downside for the currency pair.
Nigel Farage’s new Brexit party will receive more votes than the Conservatives and Labour combined in the upcoming European elections, according to a weekend poll. The shocking headline sent shivers down politicians’ spines and may result in a breakup of cross-party talks.
Pro-Brexit members of the Conservative Party are ramping up the pressure on UK PM Theresa May to set out a departure date. The “deal is dead” say many in her party. Members of opposition Labour may agree to vote for the accord but only if it is sent back to the public in a confirmatory vote, a growing demand by front-benchers and backbenchers alike.
Around half of the party will not support a “Tory Brexit” nor “provide a lifeline for a government about to go into administration” as some say. Yet if May agrees to a second referendum, she will likely hasten her exit.
All in all, the talks now seem closer than ever to collapsing and this does not bode well for the pound.
However, not all is lost for GBP/USD. On Friday we learned that the economy grew by a robust 0.5% in the first quarter of the year. Despite being based on stockpiling ahead of Brexit, the recovery is still good news. Moreover, the fall in US bond yields following the crisis in trade talks limits any gains for the greenback.
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GBP/USD Technical Analysis
GBP/USD is trading above the 200 Simple Moving Average on the four-hour chart but below the 50 and 100 SMAs. Momentum remains to the downside while the Relative Strength Index is balanced.
Initial support awaits at 1.2990 which supported the currency pair twice in May. This month’s low at 1.2965 is next down the line, and it is followed by 1.2920 and 1.2870 which defined the low range in late April.
Resistance awaits at 1.3035 that was a temporary high last week before GBP/USD hit a high of 1.3050. The next level to watch is 1.3080 which separated ranges earlier in May, and 1.3130 that was a swing higher around the same time.Get the 5 most predictable currency pairs