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UK Government Responds to Report on Brexit

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets
On May 9, the UK government published its response to the House of Lords European Union Committee’s report, entitled “Brexit: The Future of Financial Regulation and Supervision,” which was published on January 27. The Committee’s report includes recommendations under six categories, including: 1. Incorporating the EU acquis (being the accumulated legislation and court decisions) in… Continue Reading

US and UK Announce New Financial Regulatory Working Group

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On April 19, HM Treasury and the US Treasury Department published a joint statement announcing the formation of a US-UK Financial Regulatory Working Group (Working Group). The joint statement explains that Brexit provides an opportunity for the Working Group to formalize existing US-UK regulatory cooperation. The Working Group will include staff from the respective treasury… Continue Reading

House of Commons Committee Publishes Report on Post-Brexit UK-EU Relationship

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On April 4, the House of Commons Exiting the European Union Committee published a report on the future UK/EU relationship following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. The report examines existing EU relationships with Canada, Ukraine, Switzerland, Norway and Turkey, the impact of trading on World Trade Organization terms (i.e., without a trading… Continue Reading

FCA Welcomes Agreement on Terms of Brexit Implementation Period; BoE Announces “Dear CEO” Letters and PRA Policy Statements

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 28, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (Brexit) following UK-EU agreement in relation to aspects of the transition period—notably the end date for the transition period of December 31, 2020.… Continue Reading

ESMA Further Updates Its Q&As on the Benchmarks Regulation

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 22, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) updated its Q&As on the European Union (EU) Benchmarks Regulation (BMR). The Q&As aim to promote common supervisory approaches and practices in the day-to-day application of the BMR. The updated Q&As on the BMR add one new question and answer which considers the application of… Continue Reading

UK Government and EC Publish Draft UK/EU Withdrawal Agreement

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, UK Developments
On March 19, the UK government and the European Commission (EC) published a draft withdrawal agreement (Latest Draft Agreement) which includes the legal text agreed by negotiators on the transition period following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).… Continue Reading

ESMA Publishes Speech on Supervisory Convergence, Transaction Cost Transparency and Pan-European Regulators

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets
Steven Maijoor, Chair of the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) spoke on March 20, regarding ESMA’s work during the past year. In his speech, Mr. Maijoor commented on ESMA’s work in relation to: supervisory convergence to limit the scope for regulatory arbitrage in light of the United Kingdom’s upcoming withdrawal from the European Union… Continue Reading

FCA Launches Survey of Firms that Passport Into the UK

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 9, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) launched a short online survey for firms providing cross-border services into the UK from other European Union/European Economic Area (EEA) jurisdictions (“passporting”), or marketing funds in the UK. The survey follows the UK government’s December 2017 announcement that, if necessary, it will legislate to provide a… Continue Reading

House of Lords European Union Committee Publishes Report on Brexit and The Future of Financial Regulation

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On January 27, the House of Lords European Union Sub-Committee on Financial Affairs (Sub-Committee) published a report (Report) on its inquiry (Inquiry), launched in July 2017, into Brexit and the future of financial regulation and supervision.… Continue Reading

Chief Brexit Negotiators Discuss Post-Brexit Treatment of UK Financial Regulations

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On January 9, Michel Barnier, the European Union’s (EU’s) chief Brexit negotiator, delivered a speech at the “Trends Manager of the Year 2017” event in Brussels, and on January 10, the UK’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, and the UK’s Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, published a joint article that… Continue Reading

FCA Publishes Statement on Brexit

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On December 20, 2017, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a statement on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU). Referencing the announcement made by the European Council that enough progress had been made in negotiations to begin discussions on future trading relations (for further information please see the Corporate & Financial Weekly… Continue Reading

UK and EU Reach Agreement on the First Phase of Brexit Negotiations

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, UK Developments
Following months of, at times, protracted negotiations, the UK and European Union (EU) negotiating teams have published the text of an agreement on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. These negotiations have focused on three primary topics:… Continue Reading

Barnier Discusses Meaning of Brexit for Financial Services

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On November 20, the European Commission published a speech on the future of the European Union given by Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, at the Centre for European Reform. In the Speech, Mr. Barnier focused on Brexit and identified three keys to the European Union building a strong partnership with the United Kingdom:… Continue Reading

ESMA Chairman Comments on MiFID II Implementation and Brexit

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments
On September 29, Reuters published comments from European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) Chairman Stephen Maijoor on the implementation of the significantly revised and updated Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II and its subordinate regulations and directives) and the implications of Brexit.… Continue Reading

European Union Adopts Brexit Negotiation Guidelines

Posted in Brexit/UK Developments, EU Developments, Financial Markets
On April 29, a Special European Council, meeting as 27 member states (as opposed to the full 28 member states, as would usually be present), adopted the Article 50 guidelines (Guidelines) to formally define the EU’s position in Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. This follows the resolution of the European Parliament on key principles… Continue Reading

UK Prime Minister Announces Snap General Election

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On April 18, UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced her intention for a general election to be held on June 8. The announcement came three weeks after the March 29 submission by the United Kingdom of the “Article 50” notice to begin exit negotiations from the European Union (for further information see the Corporate &… Continue Reading

UK Triggers Article 50; Great Repeal Bill White Paper Published

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 29, the United Kingdom submitted its “Article 50 Notice” to begin its departure from the European Union in the form of a letter (Notice) from Prime Minister Theresa May to EU Council President Donald Tusk. The Notice marks the formal start of a two-year process of negotiations to exit the European Union. If… Continue Reading

UK Government Responds to House of Lords EU Committee Report on Brexit and Financial Services

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 20, the UK government published its response (Response) to the House of Lords EU Sub-Committee on Financial Affairs report on Brexit and financial services (Report). In the Report, which was published in December 2016, the Committee set out recommendations for the government relating to financial services, covering issues such as transitional arrangements and… Continue Reading

UK Parliament Formally Adopts Brexit Bill

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, UK Developments
On March 13, the UK Parliament passed the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (Bill). The Bill received Royal Assent on March 16. During the course of debates on the Bill, the UK House of Lords had proposed two amendments, one relating to the rights of EU and European Economic Area (EEA) citizens legally resident… Continue Reading

Government Publishes Report on UK Trade Options After Brexit

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments, Financial Markets, UK Developments
On March 7, the UK House of Commons International Trade Committee (Committee) published a report titled “UK trade options beyond 2019” (Report). In the Report, the Committee examines different potential models for UK international trade after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The Report covers the UK’s relationship with the World Trade Organization (WTO),… Continue Reading

UK House of Commons Votes on the Brexit Bill and Government Issues White Paper

Posted in Brexit, Brexit/UK Developments
On February 1, the House of Commons voted on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (Bill), which, when passed, will allow the Prime Minister to notify the European Council of the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the European Union. Further information on the Bill can be found in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition… Continue Reading