Pound jumps on media report of possible delay to Brexit date

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    LONDON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Sterling strengthened on Friday,
reversing earlier losses against the dollar and euro after a
newspaper report cited cabinet ministers as saying Britain could
seek to delay its scheduled departure date from the European
Union.
    The report in London's Evening Standard newspaper "points
towards the increasing likelihood that the UK will extend
Article 50", said Lee Hardman, currencies analyst at MUFG.
    Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29.
    Sterling jumped half a percent to the day's high of $1.2851
 GDP=D3  to hit the highest since late November. Versus the euro
the pound rose 0.3 percent to 89.80 pence per euro  EURGBP=D3 .
    Britain's internationally-exposed FTSE 100  .FTSE  fell to
the day's low.

 (Reporting by Tommy Reggiori Wilkes; editing by Sujata Rao)
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