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Gold Price Hits Fresh UK and Euro Highs as Brexit Rebels Fight No.10, German Factories Prepare for 'No Deal'

GOLD PRICES set new record highs for British Pound and Euro investors on Tuesday as both currencies fell yet again amid worsening economic data and the looming UK deadline for quitting the European Union "deal or no deal" according to new Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Dollar gold prices in contrast struggled at 3-session highs around the $1535 level – formerly key support for bullion between its 2011 peak and 2013 crash – as the US currency rose to new multi-year highs on the FX market.
A court in Edinburgh today started hearing a legal challenge to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to suspend Parliament ahead of next month's Halloween Brexit deadline.
"[Conservative] rebels seem v confident they have numbers to take control of the agenda later, votes might not be til 10pm," says the BBC, reporting on a cross-party move to introduce and vote on a bill effectively making 'no deal' illegal.
Dipping below $1.20 this morning for the first time since October 2016, when Sterling ended its crash from that June's Brexit referendum result, the Pound today came within half-a-cent of its lowest Dollar value since the mid-1980s.
The UK gold price in Pounds per ounce meantime set fresh record highs above £1279, higher by more than 50% from the eve of the UK's June 2016 vote on leaving the EU.
Chart of gold priced in British Pounds vs. GBP/USD exchange rate. Source: St.Louis Fed
"With all the troubles in the world, from US-China trade relations to the Brexit brinkmanship, we've found a terror-trifecta trade to be pretty attractive," says US bank Wells Fargo Asset Management's Brian Jacobsen, pointing to a bet on gold and government bond prices rising while stock markets fall.
European equities fell again on Tuesday as Eurozone government bond prices rose, driving interest rates lower on German, French and Netherlands debt.
Gold priced in the Euro meantime rose above €1400 for the first time, gaining 1.6% for this week so far.
With Germany's manufacturing sector already reporting a contraction every month in 2019 so far, "The German economy is preparing for a hard exit from the EU by Britain," reports the country's FAZ financial newspaper.
"Bayer, BMW and RWE are responding with working groups and additional warehousing to manage business" as the 31st October exit date approaches.
After new data on Monday said UK factories suffered their worst slump this summer since 2012, new orders in the construction sector fell at the fastest pace for over 10 years in August, said the IHS Markit/CIPS survey this morning, with output down for the 4th month in a row with optimism at the worst since the global financial crisis of end-2008.
Left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn last night rejected a plea from former PM Tony Blair not to fall into Johnsons' "elephant trap" of calling for a General Election.
Former UKIP and now Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage meantime said he wouldn't field candidates against the Conservatives if current PM Johnson guarantees a no-deal exit.
" This is my party, I've been a member [of the Conservatives] for 45 years," said ex-UK finance minister Philip Hammond on BBC radio this morning, vowing "to defend my party against incomers, entryists who are trying to turn it from a broad church into a narrow faction" – a reference to Johnson's chief advisor Dominic Cummings, who has yet to confirm his membership either way.
But "I don't think any sane person should be considering" voting against no deal, says Northern Ireland DUP MP Sammy Wilson.

Adrian Ash

Adrian Ash, BullionVault Gold News

Adrian Ash is director of research at BullionVault, the world-leading physical gold, silver and platinum market for private investors online. Formerly head of editorial at London's top publisher of private-investment advice, he was City correspondent for The Daily Reckoning from 2003 to 2008, and he has now been researching and writing daily analysis of precious metals and the wider financial markets for over 20 years. A frequent guest on BBC radio and television, Adrian is regularly quoted by the Financial Times, MarketWatch and many other respected news outlets, and his views from inside the bullion market have been sought by the Economist magazine, CNBC, Bloomberg, Germany's Handelsblatt and FAZ, plus Italy's Il Sole 24 Ore.

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