Sterling suffers renewed pressure as polls underline lead taken by ‘leave’ campaign ahead of vote on UK’s European Union membership – The pound has fallen against every major global currency after polls underlined the lead taken by the ‘leave’ campaign ahead of the referendum on the UK’s European Union membership.
Sterling lost ground even against the dollar, itself hit by weakness after woeful US jobs figures put the brakes on plans for an interest rate rise. The pound dropped 0.5% in the morning’s trading to $1.444, down from a high of $1.458 as the jobs figures were released on Friday afternoon.
Two new polls have emphasised the swing towards a ‘Brexit’ among voters, with the latest Observer/ Opinium poll showing 43% backing for an exit, with 40% supporting the UK remaining in the EU.
A separate YouGov poll for ITV’s Good Morning Britain hands 45% support to the ‘leave’ campaign, and 41% for ‘remain’. A survey of 19,000 Telegraph subscribers meanwhile found 69% were intending to vote ‘leave’.
The polls follow last week’s Guardian/ICM survey, which showed a swing behind the ‘leave’ campaign.
[Source: CityWire – by Daniel Grote June 6, 2016]