British Expats Feeling the Pinch as Pound Tumbles to 31-Year Low
BANGKOK – British Expat pensioners living in Thailand are feeling the pinch as the British pound dropped to a three-decades low, after Prime Minister Theresa Mayâ€™s announcement that she would begin the process of leaving the EU bloc in the first quarter of 2017.
The pound has slumped to a 31-year low against concerns over the timing of Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, according to traders. In Thailand Britons are getting only 1.00 GBP = 44.32 THB
The Sterling fell beyond its post-vote low and is down against 30 of its 31 major peers since Prime Minister Theresa Mayâ€™s weekend announcement that Britain would trigger its exit from the European Union in the first quarter of 2017.
Declines have extended since Mrs May was said to refuse to prioritise the protection of the financial-services industry in negotiations with the EU.
â€œWe have the market facing the reality that Brexit is about to begin and we could be faced with hard Brexit,â€ said Jane Foley, a senior currency strategist at Rabobank International in London.
There are also reports that â€œthe government may not make any exceptions for the financial sector and that is just lacing the concerns the market already has about the outlook for growth, investment and jobs in the UK economy.â€
Sterling fell 0.5% to $1.2781 as of 8.42am in London, and touched $1.2757, its weakest level since 1985.
During the first day of the Conservative Partyâ€™s annual conference in Birmingham on Sunday, Mrs May promised to curb immigration and set a date for Britain to trigger Article 50, which starts a two-year withdrawal process.
While that removed one risk thatâ€™s been hanging over UK businesses, the British Prime Minister failed to provide further clarity on what leaving the EU will actually look like.
The pound has fallen 14% versus the dollar since the British people voted to quit on June 23, and just completed its worst quarterly run of losses since 1984, with five straight declines.
While that move has become a focus of the post-vote angst in the UK, itâ€™s not necessarily bad news for everyone. The weaker currency may cushion the economy by boosting exporters, and the decline has also buoyed the nationâ€™s stock market, with the FTSE 100 Index surpassing 7,000 for the first time in 16 months on Tuesday.
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