British pound spikes on news of potential Brexit breakthrough

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The British pound soared against the dollar on Wednesday after the EU's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier suggested a post-Brexit partnership may be imminent, reports Reuters.

"We are prepared to offer a partnership with Britain such as has never been with any other third country."
— EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier

Why it matters: This appears to be a sign of optimism following weeks of speculation that the U.K. would crash out of the EU without a withdrawal treaty. The U.K.'s Brexit minister Dominic Raab also indicated Wednesday that Theresa May's Chequers proposal had elicited a positive reaction from EU member states, per Reuters.