The British pound and euro both stabilized against the U.S. dollar

Britain appears closer than ever to resolving its 3-1/2-year Brexit conundrum, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson clinched a deal with the EU on the terms of its exit last week and secured an early signal of support for it from the British parliament on Tuesday. But UK lawmakers rejected a three-day timetable for passing the necessary legislation, forcing Johnson to ask Brussels for an extension of the Oct. 31 deadline to ratify a deal.

EU member states delayed approval of the extension on Wednesday, but European Council President Donald Tusk said earlier on Twitter he was recommending that EU leaders back Britain’s request.Johnson has said if the deadline is deferred to the end of January he would call an election by Christmas.

Foreign exchange trading was generally quiet following a sell-off in the pound on Tuesday but both the pound and euro gained against the dollar late Wednesday. Against the dollar, the pound was last up 0.37% to $1.292. The euro was up 0.1% to $1.114. Against the euro, the pound was 0.28% stronger at 86.17 pence . Still, the pound has been able to recover “given that a no-deal Brexit has seemingly been taken off the table,” said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst at Western Union Business Solutions.

Johnson on Tuesday did not follow through on his threat to pull the deal if parliament defeated him on the timetable, which was understood by the market as all but eliminating the chances of no-deal exit.

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