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Britain Abandons Exchange Rate Mechanism in 1992

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Uploaded on Aug 11, 2007

As a prelude to creation of the euro, various European Union countries agreed to the exchange rate mechanism (ERM) under which they would keep their currency exchange rates within a narrow range. Britain was initially part of the ERM. But in 1992, the pound was hit with a wave of speculation and Britain abandoned the ERM. This experience may in part explain why Britain did not adopt the euro subsequently. George Soros explains how he speculated against the pound as part of this video clip.

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