Brexit LIVE: EU powergrab begins as THOUSANDS flee City – Boris must secure finance deal

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Without any specific agreement on financial services, several banks such as Morgan Stanley, Barclays and Goldman Sachs have now moved senior bankers out of London. Instead, these firms have now looked to centres in Frankfurt, Paris and Milan. Due to the “post-Covid phenomenon”, some firms are also looking to relocate masses of workers by 2024. 

Indeed, Goldman Sachs has now swelled its workforce in Milan from 20 in 2017 to 60 due to the lack of an agreement on financial services. 

JPMorgan is also looking to move 200 more employees to the continent with many heading to Paris. 

While Paris has attracted the most people, Frankfurt has received the most jobs leaking from London with 7,600 now reported, according to Reuters. 

Due to the lack of provisions in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, UK financial firms must now apply two sets of regulatory frameworks, also known as equivalence. 

As a result, many have now relocated to Europe to avoid the extra hassle. 

In order to stop the exodus of financial firms, many have called on the Prime Minister to agree a financial services deal with the EU although Brussels has stalled on doing so in order to pressure the UK over elements of the agreement. 

The UK and EU agreed on a memorandum of understanding in March to continue the cooperation between financial regulators but Brussels did not grant equivalence. 

The EU’s financial services chief Mairead McGuinness: “We will resume our equivalence assessments once the regulatory cooperation framework is in place and do so on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the UK’s regulatory intention.”


7.52am update: Emmanuel Macron’s France acting like ‘rogue state’ after trying to ‘bully’ UK over fishing

Emmanuel Macron’s France is acting like a “rogue state” with its threat to block UK financial firms seeking access to the EU’s market in a bid to force Britain to back down over access for French fishing boats, an MP has said.

David Jones, deputy chairman of the European Research Group (ERG) believes the move probably stems from Mr Macron’s concern at his re-election prospects next year.

Clement Beaune, France’s Minister for European Affairs and a close ally of the French President has already hinted at the possibility of his country moving to delay access for UK financial services – and insiders have confirmed such a strategy was under consideration.

Specifically, Paris is understood to be ready to block the non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreed earlier this year paving the way towards future cooperation on financial services, citing concerns over delays in obtaining licenses to continue fishing in UK waters.

Mr Jones, the Tory MP for Clwyd West, told “The French position is completely without merit.

“Even if they had reasonable cause for complaint about access to the waters around Jersey and the UK, the way that they are trying to bully their way into getting what they want – by threatening to cut off electricity supplies to Jersey, and now trying to stop UK access to EU financial markets – is wholly illegitimate.”

7.32am update: EU’s powergrab continues as exodus from London sparks 

The EU’s attempt to poach financial firms from London was sparked due to the lack of provisions for the sector in the Brexit deal. 

Due to this, senior bankers have now permanently relocated to centres such as Milan, Frankfurt and Paris. 

Financial jobs in Milan have now swelled from 20 in 2017 to 60 this year. 

Frankfurt has now taken the most jobs with 7,600 since the turn of the year, as the EU tries to poach London’s financial clout. 

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