Sterling skids as Trump says trade deal hopes are dead

  • Trump, who is visiting Britain, said Prime Minister Theresa May's newly-announced Brexit blueprint had probably killed hopes of a U.S.-UK trade deal.
  • Markets are also concerned that the European Union will demand more concessions from Britain before agreeing to a Brexit deal.
U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks with Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, as world leaders gather for a family photograph during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit at the military and political alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 
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U.S. President Donald Trump, left, speaks with Theresa May, U.K. prime minister, as world leaders gather for a family photograph during the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit at the military and political alliance's headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 

Sterling fell half a percent to a 1-1/2 week low on Friday as a resurgent dollar and comments by U.S. President Donald Trump that a possible trade deal was probably dead sapped demand for the British currency.

In early London trading, sterling fell to $1.3131, its lowest since July. 3.

Trump, who is visiting Britain, said Prime Minister Theresa May's newly-announced Brexit blueprint had probably killed hopes of a U.S.-UK trade deal.

Markets are also concerned that the European Union will demand more concessions from Britain before agreeing to a Brexit deal, spelling months of more political uncertainty.

Against the euro, the British currency weakened a quarter of a percent to 88.56 cents.