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European markets were mixed on Tuesday, as investors wait for U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s revised Brexit deal to be accepted or rejected by parliament.

The FTSE 100 was initially under pressure, after the pound maintained its recent optimistic rally, but evened out later after the pound fell.

How did markets perform?

The Stoxx Europe 600 SXXP, +1.52% was marginally down on Tuesday at 372.60, after finishing up 0.8% on Monday.

After an initial gain, sterling fell midmorning on news that might reduce U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May’s chances in a key Brexit vote due today. That in turn eased early pressure on the FTSE 100 UKX, +1.23% , which traded largely flat at 7,136.71, after finishing up 0.3% the previous day.

The U.K. market can move inversely to sterling, because a strong pound hurts big U.K. firms that make most of their earnings in foreign currency.

Meanwhile, Germany’s DAX DAX, +2.14% declined by 0.3% to 11,511.89 and France’s CAC 40 PX1, +1.41% also declined by 0.3% to 5,251.44.

Spain’s IBEX 35 IBEX, +1.47%  lost 0.2% to 9,151.60 and Italy’s FTSE MIB index I945, +1.92% fell 0.3% to 20,581.16.

The pound GBPUSD, +0.73%  declined 0.5% to $1.3085, while the euro EURUSD, +0.48% climbed to $1.1285 from $1.1245 late in New York on Monday.

What’s driving the markets?

May’s Brexit deal faces a second parliamentary vote on Tuesday, after talks with EU officials resulted in a revised agreement on Monday. However, there is skepticism over whether May’s revised deal will get through today’s vote.

“One feels right now that it won’t be enough to persuade Brexiteer MPs to budge as the text seems well caveated in favor of the EU. Comments from Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn haven't been encouraging for May to secure the majority she needs,” Neil Wilson, chief markets analyst for told clients in a note.

On Tuesday morning, the U.K. government’s Attorney General published legal advice saying that the concessions don’t make the material changes Brexit-backers wanted; a heavy blow to May’s hopes. Sterling fell sharply on the news, reversing its early gains.

“Defeat for the bill is expected to pave the way for MPs to vote on a no-deal Brexit and a possible extension of Article 50. For now, the only thing which remains certain is that without fresh legislation, the default position is for the U.K. to leave the EU without a deal in a little over two weeks’ time,” Russ Mould investment director at AJ Bell, told clients in a note.

What stocks are active?

U.K.-listed banks were up, with Lloyds Group PLC LLOY, +1.66%  adding 1.8%, the Royal Bank of Scotland PLC UK:RBS  rising by 2.7% and Bank of Ireland Group PLC BIRG, +6.79%  climbing 3%.

House builders were also up on Tuesday, Persimmon PLC PSN, +2.56%  climbed 1.7% and Taylor Wimpey PLC UK:TW  added by 1.4%.

Ryanair Holdings PLC rose by 1.8%, after its share price took a hit on Monday after a Boeing Co. BA, -0.17%  plane crashed while flying for Ethiopian Airlines.

Meanwhile, G4S PLC lost 3.3% after the security company announced its pretax profit plunged 63% in 2018 after a costly lawsuit in California hit its balance sheet.

Heavyweight pharmaceutical companies were also down, with AstraZeneca PLC AZN, -0.11%  declining by 0.7%.