Odds of a Brexit deal this year rise to 97% - betting platform Smarkets

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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The odds of a Brexit deal being sealed this year jumped to 97% on Thursday, data from betting exchange Smarkets showed, up nearly 40 percentage points from a day earlier, when reports first emerged a deal was likely.

Punters on the exchange were betting a Brexit deal was only 59% likely on Wednesday and less than 50% likely at the start of the week.

(Reporting by Yoruk Bahceli, editing by Sinead Cruise)