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weight of yet more Brexit malaise, also of­fered sup­port to the FTSE 100.

Ster­ling was down 0.3% ver­sus the US dol­lar at 1.278 and the Bri­tish cur­rency shed 0.4% against the euro to 1.123 at the Lon­don mar­ket close.

“The pound was trad­ing lower, giv­ing back some gains from the pre­vi­ous ses­sion. Con­cerns over the out­come of Brexit and the im­pact that Brexit will have on the econ­omy con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate sen­ti­ment to­wards the pound,” Ms Cin­cotta said.

In Europe, Ger­many’s DAX shed 0.01% while France’s CAC 40 was up 0.47%.

The big­gest ris­ers on the FTSE 100 were Ashtead up 68p at 1,795.5p, Antofa­gasta up 30p at 836.4p, An­glo Amer­i­can up 51.2p at 1,611p and Wood Group up 19.2p at 646.6p. The big­gest fall­ers were Bri­tish Land down 35p at 570p, Land Se­cu­ri­ties down 43p at 835.4p, Sev­ern Trent down 73p at 1,877p and Per­sim­mon down 48.5p at 1,965.5p.

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