Sterling is pressured on report that while UK Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to unite her party at the Conservatives annual conference, Brexit rebels are gathering a few streets away on an “alternative Brexit Advance Coalition Conference”. May’s Chequer’s plan was brutally criticized by the Brexiteers as “failing to deliver the referendum mandate”. And the rebels threatened to vote down the deal even if May could agree to one with the EU. In the meeting, it’s reported that 96% of those attended opposed to the Chequer’s plan.
Perhaps words from Andrea Jenkyns, a former parliamentary private secretary, best described the situation. “Our party members don’t want it, the public doesn’t want it, the opposition aren’t going to vote for it, the EU doesn’t want it, so we must chuck Chequers,” she said.