(Reuters) – European shares climbed to a two-week high on Tuesday, as markets cheered comments from the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator that a deal with Britain over the terms of their divorce was still possible this week.
The pan-European STOXX 600 index () rose 0.6% by 0709 GMT with some British banks leading gains.
The UK-focused midcap FTSE 250 () gained 0.8%, while Dublin’s ISEQ () rose 1.5%.
Michel Barnier’s remarks on Brexit gave investors fresh hopes that Britain would be able to clinch a deal to ensure a smooth exit from the bloc on Oct. 31.
Recruiter Hays Plc (L:) jumped 5.5% and was the biggest gainer on the benchmark index, after the company reported flat first-quarter net fees as strong hiring in the United States and China offset a drop in the United Kingdom. [L3N2701K6]
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