Brexit/UK Developments

On October 31, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published five revised directions, extending the Temporary Permissions Regime (TPR) to January 20, 2020. This coincides with the most recent extension of the Brexit deadline from October 31 to January 31, 2020 and is the fourth time that the TPR has been extended.
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On October 31, the European Scrutiny Committee published a letter they received from John Glen MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, regarding potential equivalence arrangements that might be put in place between the UK and the EU following Brexit. The European Scrutiny Committee is a committee of the House of Commons and is chaired by Sir William Cash MP.
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On September 26, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published updated draft directions under its Temporary Transitional Power (TTP). The TTP is designed to give the FCA flexibility in applying post-Brexit requirements to firms that are transitioning to the new UK regulatory framework following the UK’s departure from the EU. The draft directions would only come into effect on exit day if the UK leaves the EU without an implementation period.
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On April 12, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published amended directions, dated April 11, on notifications regarding the temporary permissions regime (TPR). Although the deadline for Brexit has been agreed upon by the United Kingdom and the 27 remaining EU member states as being no later than October 31, the amended directions extend the deadline for firms to notify the FCA if they wish to enter the TPR from April 11, to May 30. The TPR will go into effect upon Brexit taking effect, if there is no transition period (as reported in the January 11, 2019 edition of the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest).
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On March 29, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a press release announcing that it has signed two updated memoranda of understanding (MOUs) with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Both MOUs aim to ensure the continued ability of the United Kingdom and the United States to cooperate and consult with each other regarding the effective and efficient oversight of regulated entities across national borders.
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On March 29, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) issued a press release announcing that it had published its final instruments and guidance that will apply if the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union without a deal or an implementation period (No-Deal Brexit).
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On March 25, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) updated its webpage on the temporary permissions regime (TPR) to announce that it intends to extend the notification window for European Economic Area (EEA) firms and fund managers wishing to enter the TPR to the end of April 11. On March 26, the UK Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) also updated its webpage on the TPR to make an equivalent announcement. (For more information on the TPR, please see the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of January 11, 2019.)
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On March 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a statement on the impact on the Markets in Financial Instruments Regulation (MiFIR) trading obligation for shares (TO) if the United Kingdom left the European Union on March 29 (Brexit) without a withdrawal agreement (no-deal Brexit) and without an equivalence decision for the United Kingdom made by the European Commission.
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On March 19, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published a press release announcing the results of the annual transparency calculations of the large in scale (LIS) and size specific to the instruments (SSTI) thresholds for bonds. ESMA’s publication had originally been planned for March 1, but was postponed as its IT systems required more time than anticipated to complete the calculations, as reported in the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of March 8, 2019.
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