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 GBPUSD, +0.3218% shot up to as high as $1.2489 from $1.2432 on Monday before falling back to $1.2441, and then re-accelerating to $1.2464.
The FTSE 100 UKX, -0.50% — which tends to move in the opposite direction to the pound —fell 0.5% on the day.
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 TUI, +6.41% 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, -33.97% 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 liabilities.
— The Associated Press contributed to this report
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