As promised, the European Commission responded promptly to Theresa May's speech with remarks from Michel Barnier hitting the tape, in which he says that "Prime Minister Theresa May has expressed a constructive spirit which is also the spirit of the European Union during this unique negotiation" and notes that "Today, for the first time, the United Kingdom government has requested to continue to benefit from access to the Single Market, on current terms, and to continue to benefit from existing cooperation in security.
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Theresa May's speech has concluded, and while she did not confirm prior rumors that she may call for early EU departure prior to 2019, cable is lower on what has been called a "no news is bad news" speech, because as Danske Bank said, May's remarks in which she confirmed that the UK will be leaving the EU, highlight the Brexit remains a headwind for the pound.
In what has been called "the most important day for Brexit since the referendum", UK PM Theresa May is about to deliver a key speech laying out the next steps of the UK divorce process.
.@theresa_may has arrived for her key #Brexit #FlorenceSpeech - and in a Maserati no less. pic.twitter.com/7lw7Ffo69V
— Mark Stone (@Stone_SkyNews) September 22, 2017
S&P futures retreated along with European and Asian shares with tech, and Apple supplier shares leading the drop while safe havens such as gold and the yen rose, as the war of words between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un escalated and North Korea threatened to launch a hydrogen bomb, leading to a prompt return of geopolitical concerns. Trade focus now turns to a planned speech by Theresa May on Brexit (full preview here).
On Friday - a day many have called "the most important day for Brexit since the referendum" - Theresa May will delivers her much anticipated Brexit speech in Florence. The roughly 5000-word speech is scheduled at begin around 09:15 EDT and is expected to provoke an immediate response from Brussels.