LONDON MARKETS: British Pound Volatile As U.K. Supreme Court Rules Suspension Of Parliament Was Unlawful
By Steve Goldstein, MarketWatch
The British pound veered back and forth Tuesday as the U.K.
Supreme Court ruled that the suspension of Parliament was unlawful
in a development that makes a no-deal Brexit less likely.
The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that Prime Minister
Boris Johnson's decision to prorogue Parliament was illegal.
The pound shot up to as high as $1.2489 from $1.2432 on Monday
before falling back to $1.2441, and then re-accelerating to
The FTSE 100 -- which tends to move in the opposite direction to
the pound --fell 0.5% on the day.
Read: Decision to suspend Parliament ruled unlawful -- live
The unanimous Supreme Court ruling declared the order to suspend
Parliament "void and of no effect."
Supreme Court President Brenda Hale said the suspension "was
unlawful because it had the effect of frustrating or preventing the
ability of Parliament to carry out its constitutional functions
without reasonable justification."
She said the court's decision means Parliament was never legally
suspended and is technically still sitting.
In this nation without a written constitution, the case marked a
rare confrontation between the prime minister, the courts and
Parliament over their rights and responsibilities.
It revolved around whether Johnson acted lawfully when he
advised the queen to suspend Parliament for five weeks during a
crucial time frame before the Oct. 31 Brexit deadline when Britain
is scheduled to leave the European Union.
Outside of the Supreme Court decision, TUI rose 7%, extending
Monday's rally, as the company said its trading has been
"resilient" and that it reiterates its fiscal year underlying
profit guidance that may fall as much as 26%. The company said it's
assessing the short-term impact of Thomas Cook's insolvency.
Metro Bank (MTRO.LN) shares skidded 35% as the U.K. bank
postponed debt issuance, citing current market conditions. "As a
responsible issuer Metro shall consider future issuance mindful of
all relevant stakeholders," the bank said. Metro Bank had said it
would issue the debt in the second half of 2019 to meet rules
governing minimum requirements for own funds and eligible
-- The Associated Press contributed to this report
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