Anti-Brexit placards and EU flags are seen outside of the Houses of Parliament, ahead of the forthcoming EU elections, in London, May 22, 2019. (REUTERS/Toby Melville)
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The reports, underscoring deepening uncertainty over Britain's leadership, gave Brexit-sensitive stocks and sterling their first major jolt since March when the then Brexit deadline was looming.Housebuilders have been particularly sensitive to any signs of rising likelihood of a hard Brexit, which many investors fear would damage the world's No. 5 economy.Brexit-sensitive airlines easyJet and British Airways owner IAG were down 5.6 and 3.9 percent respectively, while state-backed Royal Bank of Scotland dropped 3.6 percent.
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