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Pound To Euro Exchange Rate Plummets Along With Dollar Following Election Results

Sterling dipped by almost 2% against the dollar.

09/06/2017 07:17 BST | Updated 09/06/2017 10:01 BST

UPDATE: The FTSE 100 has risen 66 points to 7,516 following the shock general election result, but the pound has lost further ground against both the dollar and euro.

The pound fell against both the Euro and US dollar last night after a shock exit poll predicted that Theresa May and the Tories would fail to win a majority. 

Sterling was down almost 2% against the dollar before evening out to 1.5% this morning, or $1.2764. 

The pound to Euro exchange rate also fell following the news, dipping to €1.13 before increasing slightly to the current €1.14 level. 

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The pound to dollar exchange rate dropped to $1.27 following the shock exit poll
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The pound to Euro rate dropped to 1.13 

Dominic Rossi at Fidelity International told the Telegraph: “This is the result markets feared. Markets were wrongly positioned, and international confidence in the UK will suffer. Sterling is the first casualty.”  

At 10pm last night, a BBC/Sky News/ITV exit poll predicted that the prime minister’s decision to call a snap election has disastrously backfired.

Pollsters suggested May would receive just 314 seats - 12 short of the 326 needed for a majority. 

At the time of writing, while not all of the seats have been called, it has been confirmed that there will be a hung Parliament. The FTSE was anticipated to open higher on the back of the pound’s falling value.

Former Tory chancellor George Osborne said that the election would be “completely catastrophic” for May if the exit poll was correct. 

Some have now predicted that the Prime Minister will step down from her role in a conference set to take place outside Number 10 at 10am today.