By Mark O’Byrne – Re-Blogged From http://www.Gold-Eagle.com
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the UK will have a “Hard Brexit” and will leave the European Union’s single market while seeking a new arrangement on the customs union.
May warned EU politicians that the UK is prepared to crash out of the EU if it cannot negotiate a reasonable exit deal in a speech where her tough talking rhetoric prompted key figures in Brussels to say that the country was on track for a “Hard Brexit”.
The prime minister told EU counterparts that any attempt to inflict a punitive outcome on the UK would be an “act of calamitous self-harm” for the EU because the UK would retaliate and slash taxes to attract companies from across the world.
Although May said that the UK could be the EU’s “best friend” if the article 50 divorce talks went well, in a one-hour address intended to spell out the UK’s negotiating strategy, she also said she was prepared to walk away from the EU.
If that were not enough for markets to digest, the Donald Trump is just three days away from being sworn in as the next U.S. president.
US President-elect Trump told the Wall Street Journal that the strong dollar is “killing” the ability of US companies to compete, sending the greenback reeling yesterday.
His comments also appeared to send U.S. equity markets lower. The S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 0.3 percent and the NASDAQ Composite fell by more, falling 0.6 percent due to a selloff in biotechnology shares.