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GILT SUMMARY: Gilts have opened sharply lower, reversing Friday's late surge
higher induced by Michel Fylnn's plea, as US tax reform bill gets passed by the
Senate and looks to makes its way through Congress by year-end. Hopes on Brexit
agreement today after reports that a deal is 90% there also weighs. UK 10-yr
Gilt yield is 4.9bp higher at 1.276%.
- Markets attention will be very much on PM Theresa May's lunch meeting with
Juncker and if 'sufficient progress' has been made on European citizen rights,
divorce bill and the Irish border so that Brexit talks can move onto a
transition agreement and future trade deal.
- Noises coming from the EU is that a deal is nearly there, however there are
still concerns on the Irish border issue with Ireland saying a deal has not been
made yet. While there are issues still to be clarified on the role of the EJC in
any transition period and on future trade agreement.
- Todays meeting in Brussels is being seen as crucial and would be a significant
blow to PM May if there is no progression on the Brexit talks this afternoon.
Stakes are high!

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