The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has published near-final rules and guidance that will apply in the event the UK leaves the EU without an implementation period. As most of the changes proposed will be made under powers given to the FCA under the EU (Withdrawal) Act, they are subject to approval by the Treasury.
With little over a month until the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union, JDX continues to monitor some of the key challenges which could impact financial services companies in the event of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
Many firms will have assessed their readiness for Brexit on the basis of having a transitionary period after 29 March, but we now have to strongly consider a cliff-edge outcome where the UK effectively crashes out of the EU with no formal agreements in place around key areas such as financial services.
ISDA, the Association of German Banks (Bundesverband deutscher Banken), the Italian Financial Markets Intermediaries Association (Associazione Intermediari Mercati Finanziari), the Banking and Payments Federation Ireland (BPFI), the Danish Securities Dealers Association (Børsmæglerforening Danmark), the Dutch Banking Association (Nederlandse Vereniging van Banken) and the Swedish Securities Dealers Association (Svenska Fondhandlareföreningen) have jointly published a paper that warns of the disruptive impact of a ‘hard’ Brexit on derivatives markets.