The pound retreated this morning, as relief that a Brexit deal had been agreed was replaced by doubts the proposed deal will get through the British parliament in Saturday's vote.

The pound held at five-month highs of $1.2874 against the dollar, down from yesterday's peak of $1.2988. 

It was little changed against the euro, at 86.28 pence. 

News of the Brexit deal had sent the pound soaring yesterday. But sterling erased the gains before UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's next challenge - getting the deal approved in parliament, where he has no majority. 

The Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish party that props up Johnson's government, said it will not vote for the deal. 

"The pound is reflecting pessimism over the likelihood of whether the deal will be able to pass through parliament tomorrow," said Lee Hardman, currency analyst at MUFG. 

"We think it's going to be a close call. We're a little more optimistic," Mr Hardman said.

"If it's rejected you might get a knee-jerk pound selloff, but we don't think the downside risks are that great. We think there'd be an extension and an election. We don't see no-deal risks coming back to the market," he added. 

Members of parliament will vote on the deal on Saturday - the first Saturday session since 1982. Britain's scheduled departure date from the European Union is October 31

The most decisive move today would be a change in the DUP's position, but that looked unlikely, MUFG's Hardman said.

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has also said he could not support the deal.