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 temporary licensing/authorization regime for firms in the EEA and funds passporting into the UK (for more information please see the Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest edition of January 5, 2018).
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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 originally appeared in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, a German newspaper. Both the speech and the article commented on future economic ties between the EU and the UK, covering a broad range of services industries, focusing in particular on financial services.
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On December 4, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced changes, effective from the same date, to Connect, its online system that is used by firms to make various applications and notifications to the FCA. The changes reflect the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive legal framework (MiFID II), in anticipation of the implementation of MiFID II on January 3, 2018.
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On July 17, the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a new webpage on passporting under the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID II). Firms are required to make a passporting application under MiFID II if they intend to be conducting European Economic Area (EEA) activities that have been implemented as new MiFID II activities (such as operating an organized trading facility (OTF)), or if they will become newly authorized under MiFID II and need to passport after January 3, 2018.
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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), the proposed free-trade agreement (FTA) between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and the implications of the United Kingdom trading with the European Union under WTO rules only.
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On February 27, the European Commission (EC) published a report (Report) on its capital markets union (CMU) initiative addressing national barriers to capital flows. The Report sets out the initial findings of the EC’s group of representatives of member states on national barriers to cross-border capital flows and the steps that the EC expects member states to take to address them.
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On September 20, the UK House of Commons Treasury Committee published a letter (Letter) from Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive of the UK Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), dated August 17. The Letter contains figures on UK firms currently holding single-market “passports” under certain EU directives to provide services or establish branches elsewhere in the European Union. 
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