May to satisfy financiers as London mayor warns of ‘lost decade’ on account of Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa May meets financiers from corporations together with Goldman Sachs on Thursday to debate the influence of Brexit on Europe’s monetary capital, as London’s mayor stated Britain might face a “lost decade” of low progress and funding.

Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, January 10, 2018 REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

As May plots Britain’s course for Brexit, London’s huge monetary providers business is scrambling to organize for shedding entry to the world’s greatest buying and selling bloc, the City of London’s greatest problem since a minimum of the 2007-2009 monetary disaster.

At greatest, the omens are combined for London.

Brexit was the principle purpose for a 37 p.c drop in new jobs accessible in London’s monetary sector final month, in keeping with a report from recruiting agency Morgan McKinley.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan stated that Britain could be shunted right into a ‘lost decade’ of low funding and shed virtually 500,000 jobs if it fails to agree a commerce take care of the European Union.

“If the government continue to mishandle the negotiations we could be heading for a lost decade of lower growth and lower employment,” Khan stated. “Ministers are fast running out of time to turn the negotiations around.”

Khan cited analysis from the Cambridge Econometrics consultancy which confirmed Britain might lose 50 billion kilos in funding over the following 12 years if it fails to agree a commerce deal.

The research stated that in a no-deal situation, the business that fares the worst might be monetary providers, with as many as 119,000 fewer jobs nationwide.

London vies with New York because the world’s monetary capital. By far the largest EU monetary centre, London dominates the $5.1-trillion-a-day (£three.78 trillion) global overseas alternate market and hosts extra banks than every other centre.


But different EU capitals see Brexit as a possibility to seize business from London. The EU has already proposed that clearing of euro-denominated derivatives, carried out primarily in London, might transfer to the euro zone with out a complete Brexit deal.

A stand-off between Britain and the EU over future entry to the only market for London’s monetary providers business is shaping as much as be one of many key Brexit battlegrounds earlier than Britain is because of depart the bloc in March 2019.

Since her botched wager on a snap election price her social gathering its majority in parliament, May has sought to reassure finance chiefs about Brexit, though she can not give certainty about the way forward for the post-divorce relationship with the EU.

She will meet finance chiefs together with Jes Staley, chief govt of Barclays, and Richard Gnodde, chief govt of Goldman Sachs International (GS.N) in Downing Street on Thursday.

But monetary providers firms are reluctant to rent, in keeping with Morgan McKinley. Financial providers jobs new to the market in December fell to three,150 from four,980 in December 2016, it stated.


Many banks, insurers and different monetary corporations are enacting contingency plans to shift components of their European operations to the continent as a result of they’re more likely to lose the best to promote their merchandise freely throughout the bloc from London.

The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, stated on Tuesday the EU wouldn’t give monetary corporations based mostly in Britain a common “passport” to do business within the single market.

Bloomberg reported that Germany would demand Britain pay for monetary corporations to have entry to the EU market after Brexit, although EU officers stated Britain wouldn’t be capable of cherry choose its post-Brexit relationship.

British officers, who argue that the EU’s greatest economies would discover it onerous to operate ought to London be remoted financially, are assured the EU might be versatile.

But if Britain insists, as May does, on viewing the Brexit vote as a name for more durable immigration controls, it’s unclear how Berlin and Paris might enable London-based monetary providers firms full entry to the EU market at no cost.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill and Anjuli Davies; enhancing by Guy Faulconbridge

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