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Inquiry launched into future of UK’s financial services post-Brexit

25 January 2019

The Treasury Committee today launches a new inquiry into the future of the UK’s financial services once the UK has left the EU.

The Committee examines what the Government’s financial services priorities should be when it negotiates the UK’s future trading relationship with the EU and third countries.

It will also look at how the UK’s financial services sector can take advantage of the UK’s new trading environment with the rest of the world, and whether the UK should maintain the current regulatory barriers that apply to third countries.

Chair's comments

Commenting on the launch of the inquiry, Rt Hon. Nicky Morgan MP, Chair of the Treasury Committee, said:

“London is the world’s premier financial centre, and many of us want to keep it that way.

“Brexit will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the financial services sector, including the insurance, retail banking and asset management sectors, in the UK, the EU, and potentially the rest of the world.

“The UK may converge, seek equivalence, or diverge from the EU. As part of our new inquiry, the Treasury Committee will examine the risks and rewards of each of these choices.

“We’ll also explore the opportunities outside Brexit, such as FinTech, on which we should be capitalising.”

“After we’ve taken evidence from industry, regulators, ministers and officials, we’ll make a series of recommendations to the Government and regulators about what it should prioritise in negotiations with the EU and the rest of the world.

“We’ll also seek to conclude whether it would be in the long-term interests of the UK to align closely with EU financial rules, or to forgo financial services trade with the EU and pursue trade with other third countries.” 

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