Britain will not automatically have direct access to the European Union’s financial markets after Brexit, even if it meets all the conditions set out by Brussels, under an EU policy document published on Monday.
Updating its policy on market access for foreign banks, insurers and investment firms, the EU’s executive European Commission said countries outside the bloc would not necessarily have market access even if their rules were equivalent.
Faced with a huge financial center on its doorstep that would be outside the bloc after Brexit, Brussels has begun tightening up equivalence conditions. Britain has said UK rules will be identical on day one of Brexit but this does not give a guarantee of access.
“It should be noted that equivalence empowerments do not confer a right on third countries … to receive an equivalence determination, even if those third countries are able to demonstrate that their framework fulfils the relevant criteria,” the Commission’s policy paper said.
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