The Banker talks Brexit

The Banker talks Brexit

With uncertainty within UK domestic politics and the Brexit process rumbling on, The Banker will keep you updated on possible outcomes of Brexit negotiations for the economy and financial markets.

To give you access to all our coverage in one place, our special Brexit page brings together views, articles and videos dedicated to Brexit and the referendum.

The official referendum results from the Electoral Commission saw 51.9% of the votes cast to leave the EU on June 23, 2016.

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    Jim Cowles teaser

    Citi EMEA chief positions for seamless Brexit

    July 3, 2017

    Having established a Dublin headquarters, Citi's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations are well prepared for Brexit. And a strategic overhaul four years ago tightened up its risk management, leaving it leaner and safer, as the US bank's EMEA head, Jim Cowles, tells Stefanie Linhardt.

    The importance of a Brexit adaptation period and a capital markets union

    July 3, 2017

    BNY Mellon's Michael Cole-Fontayn calls for the financial community to unite in urging policy-makers to mitigate disruption during Brexit, and ensure the preservation of open financial markets.

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    Gina Miller: why a Brexit extension is critical to the UK

    September 1, 2017

    Brexit is going to be at least as complex as accession to the EU was 40 odd years ago, yet the UK has not even decided what kind of Brexit it wants, says the founding partner of investment management firm SCM Direct, who is urging the government to request an immediate extension to the two-year framework.

    Brexit-bound London retains top slot in 2017 IFC rankings

    September 1, 2017

    London leads the world’s international financial centre rankings again, though second placed New York boast profits four times as large as the UK capital. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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    John Longworth: why Brexit is better for the UK

    September 1, 2017

    Brexit means a better future for the UK and a better partner for the EU, writes the co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave campaign.

    London leads western Europe for financial services FDI despite Brexit

    December 1, 2017

    London is still the biggest lure for FDI, but western Europe has lost its appetite for expansion. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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    Stéphane Boujnah: Europe must ignore ‘pessimism of impatience’

    January 2, 2018

    A post-Brexit EU must remain focused on its collective strengths, which include the banking union and a strong financial infrastructure, if it is to compete in the global economy, writes the CEO and chairman of the managing board of Euronext.

    Germany, Ireland winning race for UK Brexit business

    April 17, 2018
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    Research on UK firms’ plans to maintain access to the EU single market reveals that Frankfurt and Dublin are set to benefit. Danielle Myles reports.

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    Poland scoops financial services FDI Brexit dividend

    July 4, 2018

    Poland has attracted a good proportion of jobs and investment from US financial companies looking for bases outside a post-Brexit UK. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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    What does UK banks' bounce back tell us about Brexit?

    July 3, 2018

    The UK's entrants performed well in The Banker's 2018 ​Top 1000 World Banks ranking but mostly due to overseas rather than domestic earnings. So, asks Brian Caplen, does this add anything to the Brexit debate?

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    May’s bad Brexit for banks

    July 24, 2018

    The UK economy is 80% services so a Brexit that excludes services from a free-trade agreement with the EU makes little sense, writes Brian Caplen.

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    Can the derivatives industry avoid a Brexit deathtrap?

    October 1, 2018

    With only six months to go until the UK formally leaves the EU, derivatives experts are crying out for clarity on how London’s status as a financial centre will be affected. Jason Mitchell investigates.

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    May’s bad Brexit works for Jersey

    October 2, 2018

    Political agendas have taken control of the Brexit negotiations. This makes a no-deal scenario more likely even though there are plenty of solutions to hand, writes Brian Caplen.

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    Stable, solid, but are Germany's banks prepared for coming challenges?

    January 2, 2019

    Low interest rates and lacklustre profitability could spark consolidation in the German banking sector. Despite these challenges, the system remains well capitalised with low NPLs and the prospect of benefiting from Brexit, as Kit Gillet reports.

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    Herman van Rompuy: Keeping it together for the sake of the EU

    January 2, 2019

    The EU is riven by internal discord, driven by nationalism and social discontent in member states, and squeezed by external pressures such as the US' actions and associated trade wars. Former European Council president Herman van Rompuy makes a plea for unity. 

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    Brian Caplen blog 2016

    Brexit damage is done

    January 15, 2019

    Jobs and assets that move out of the UK due to Brexit are not coming back. But banks can learn management lessons from the prime minister’s mistakes, writes Brian Caplen.

    Looming Brexit savages London’s status

    February 1, 2019

    London’s financial services industry has been badly hit by continued uncertainty over just how the UK will leave the EU. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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    UK shadow chancellor’s door is open

    March 1, 2019

    John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor of the exchequer and member of the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, talks to Nick Kochan about his plans for the country’s banking sector, alongside tax and wage reforms. 

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    Leaving London? Charting Europe’s business landscape

    June 1, 2017

    The UK’s departure from the EU looks set to leave London a less attractive European base for some companies. Stefanie Linhardt examines the reasons to relocate – and the reasons to stay put.

    European banking’s shrinking asset base

    May 30, 2017
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    Statistics collected by the Bank for International Settlements reveals the difference between the state of European and North American banking. Danielle Myles reports.

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    Europe on the move: the economics of EU migration

    October 3, 2016

    The EU's right to free movement has been blamed as a key reason behind the UK's vote to leave the union, as well as cited for being a drain on countries that lose their workers to more affluent neighbours. But how accurate or fair is this? Stefanie Linhardt looks at both sides of this increasingly heated debate, and examines the likely fate of refugees into Europe.

    Barnabas Reynolds

    IFCs jockey for post-Brexit spoils

    October 3, 2016

    London has long been the world’s pre-eminent international finance centre. But is this position under threat due to Brexit and the rise of Asia? Edward Russell-Walling investigates.

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    Why an EU capital markets union is more necessary than ever in a post-Brexit landscape

    October 3, 2016

    Europe needs a capital markets union, and the UK's decision to leave the EU just makes the case stronger and more urgent than ever, writes the vice-president of the European Commission. 

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    The challenge of Brexit: banks’ resilience is no excuse for complacency

    October 3, 2016

    The UK's Brexit vote in June came as a blow to most in the EU, but the lack of widespread financial shock in the immediate aftermath of the vote showed how the improvements made to the euro area's post-crisis banking sector are paying off. France's central bank governor looks at why this was the case, but warns there is no room for complacency and calls for further progress on the economic part of the EU’s agenda.

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    HSBC proves there is life after Brexit

    October 3, 2016

    The UK's EU referendum result may have surprised a lot of people. But far from the doom and gloom that some predicted would follow such a vote, HSBC reports it has been busy as the debt capital markets return to normal. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

    Diversity, subsidiarity and proportionality: the cures for the EU's post-Brexit ills

    September 26, 2016

    The EU should abandon a one-size-fits-all mentality to ensure a diverse banking market by setting proportionate regulation and encouraging innovation, says Chris de Noose of the European Savings and Retail Banking Group.

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    How Switzerland's financial sector copes outside the EU single market

    September 1, 2016

    Switzerland’s rise as a European financial centre has followed an unorthodox path. Danielle Myles looks at the various ways its banks access the EU market, why the model is under threat, and how the Swiss plans to exploit Brexit.

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    Parties square up in the battle for euro clearing domination

    September 1, 2016

    Clearing has become an early battleground in the UK's – and therefore London's – exit from the EU, but political posturing has been followed by calls for calm. Over the long term, however, nothing is being ruled out. Danielle Myles reports.

    Barnabas Reynolds

    After Brexit: continuity the key for the City of London's banks

    August 1, 2016

    The UK’s economic future outside the EU is nowhere near as bleak as it has been painted. A considered approach would mean a smooth transition to a post-Brexit world, says Barnabas Reynolds.

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    Brian Caplen blog 2016

    Solving Brexit is easier than fixing the EU

    July 5, 2016

    As the UK comes to terms with the result of its referendum decision to leave the EU, the challenges facing what is left of the union are mounting, writes Brian Caplen.

    Will Brexit be the EU's wake-up call?

    July 1, 2016

    Now the dust has settled, it is time to assess what Brexit means for the EU as a whole.

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    Brexit or Bremain – Euroscepticism will not go away

    June 14, 2016

    Brussels has to start by admitting its mistakes before it can move forward, writes Brian Caplen.

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    Does Brexit mean Trump will be the next US president?

    June 24, 2016

    The EU should respond constructively to the UK's referendum result for its own survival.

    London's Brexit future

    What would a Brexit mean for the City of London?

    May 31, 2016

    The UK’s relationship with the EU may be coming to an end, with British people voting on whether to leave the bloc on June 23. Silvia Pavoni looks into the uneasy alliance, the financial regulation that clouds the picture and the prospects for the City of London outside the single market. 

    Gina Miller

    Gina Miller: the UK is stronger and safer in the EU

    May 31, 2016

    Gina Miller, the founder of and True and Fair Foundation, says that while there are issues that need to be resolved within the EU, the UK will not escape these problems by leaving the union. 

    John Longworth

    John Longworth: Brexit will benefit British businesses

    May 31, 2016

    John Longworth, former director-general of the British Chambers of Commerce, currently campaigning for Vote Leave, explains why British trade and business will be better off outside the EU.

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    Brian Caplen blog 2016

    Will a Brexit see the City of London crumble?

    February 22, 2016

    As the UK announces a June referendum on the country's EU membership, banks based in the City of London are looking on nervously. Brian Caplen assesses at the potential impact of a Brexit on the Square Mile.

    How would the UK leaving the EU affect the country's banking landscape?

    October 29, 2015

    A look at how the UK leaving the EU could profoundly change the country's financial sector.   

    The UK is already ‘out’ of Europe

    August 26, 2014

    As the divide between eurozone and non-eurozone countries grows, the question of whether the UK should stay in the EU becomes less and less relevant.

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