Category Brexit

Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill introduced in Parliament

The new Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill (the Bill) was introduced in Parliament on 18 October, following the publication of the Bill in August. This Bill seeks to enable the UK to continue to comply with the current UN sanctions regime after Brexit, by covering matters currently deal with through the European Communities Act 1972 (which will […]

Treasury launches inquiry into UK’s economic relationship with the EU

The Treasury Committee has launched a new inquiry into the UK’s economic relationship with the EU, which amongst other things will consider: Transitional arrangements; Preparedness for ‘no deal’; and The long-term economic relationship. The inquiry is now open, and is accepting written submissions. The first evidence session (to be held 25 October) will focus on the progress […]

ESMA speaks on financial markets

Steven Maijoor has spoken on the state of European financial markets. He spoke not only about Brexit, focussing on the need for a  strong supervisory culture, but also on the importance of building the CMU and improving understanding of trends, risks and vulnerabilities in the financial markets. He spoke about the continuing lack of trust […]

TheCityUK warns on dangers of transition delay

TheCityUK has called on the government to progress the Brexit transitional arrangements as quickly as possible, before firms have to implement their contingency plans because they cannot wait any longer. The paper stresses what is at stake for both the UK and the EU, and calls for an early agreement on transitional arrangements which should be […]

Chancellor’s repsonse to Treasury Committee’s letter on the effect of Brexit on insurance contracts

The Government has published a response to the Treasury Committee letter on Brexit and insurance contracts. The letter acknowledges the risk that the UK’s withdrawal could create legal uncertainties as to the status of existing cross-border insurance. The Government has been working with the insurance industry and others in the financial services sector to understand […]

EBA’s Opinion on the UK’s departure from the EU

On 12 October 2017, the European Banking Authority (EBA) published an Opinion on issues relating to the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU). The Opinion is focused on the period prior to the departure of the UK. The purpose of the Opinion is to provide guidance on supervisory expectations and to address regulatory and supervisory […]

EIOPA speaks on future disruption to the insurance industry

Dr. Manuela Zweimüller, Head of Policy Department at EIOPA, has delivered a speech on what will the future hold? The European insurance industry in times of major disruption. The speech highlights challenges in respect of InsurTech, Brexit and Regulatory stability. EIOPA considers that the insurance industry needs to reinvent itself in respect of InsurTech and […]

Square Mile judicial complex receives backing from City of London Corporation

In a bid to bolster the capital’s reputation for financial and legal services post-Brexit, the City of London Corporation (CLC) has announced its backing for the development of a new court complex on Fleet Street to replace all of the City’s current court services except the Old Bailey. The space will provide for 18 courtrooms and focus […]

ESMA highlights Brexit and MiFID 2 issues

Steven Maijoor spoke to ECON as part of the annual hearing of the chairs of the ESAs. He focussed on 3 main priorities for ESMA: MiFID 2 implementation and ESMA’s efforts to ensure regulatory convergence. He highlighted the Q&As and Opinions ESMA has issued with this in mind. He expressed some optimism over ESMA’s readiness to […]

EBA announces 2018 work programme

The European Banking Authority (EBA) has today published its annual work programme in which it announced its strategic priorities for next year and beyond. EBA comments on the Commission’s legislative programme for the year, involving a review of the CRR and BRRD developments and the consequences of the BCBS’ revision of the trading book; the implementation […]