Bank of England hits again at EU over banks’ Brexit readiness

LONDON (Reuters) – The Bank of England hit again at European Union criticism on Wednesday, saying British banks have been absolutely ready for any disorderly Brexit and that it was the EU itself which ought to act to forestall market disruption.

FILE PHOTO: A pigeon stands in entrance of the Bank of England in London, Britain, April 9, 2018. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/File Photo

BoE Governor Mark Carney challenged assertions made by the EU’s banking watchdog, the European Banking Authority (EBA), on Monday that banks have been inadequately ready for a tough Brexit.

“With respect, the EBA’s comments earlier this week were incomplete,” Carney advised a news conference. “They did not acknowledge the temporary permissions regime… which has been very clearly signaled by the UK government.”

This regime would enable branches of EU banks in London to proceed working after subsequent March, when Britain leaves the EU, however the EU has but to reciprocate for UK lenders working within the bloc.

“While UK authorities are putting in place measures to address financial stability risks that can be dealt with unilaterally, the complete set of mitigants to the risks of a cliff-edge Brexit also rely on the efforts of EU authorities,” Carney advised reporters.

The BoE’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) mentioned in an announcement banks in Britain maintain sufficient capital and don’t want any extra to cushion themselves in opposition to monetary market turbulence if Britain leaves the EU and not using a transition deal.

On Monday, the EBA mentioned banks had didn’t make sufficient progress of their Brexit preparations and shouldn’t anticipate assist from a “miracle” of public intervention.

The EBA mentioned on Wednesday it was conscious of Britain’s short-term permissions proposal, however that it required a legislative and political course of to put in force.

“Thus, whilst uncertainty persists, banks cannot take it for granted,” EBA mentioned.

Carney mentioned British authorities’ preparation of banks for Brexit had been “rock solid” and that the BoE continued to guage that the UK banking system might assist the true economic system by way of a disorderly Brexit.

The BoE mentioned the EU must decide to motion just like Britain to make sure that 29 trillion kilos ($38 trillion) in derivatives held by British and EU banks and corporations stay enforceable after March if there is no such thing as a transition deal.

Industry group CityUK welcomed Carney’s feedback.

“The biggest barrier to addressing this issue is the EU regulators’ failure to accept and get to grips with the risk. This must not be drawn into the politics of Brexit – it is a technical challenge which needs a technical solution,” CityUK’s chief govt, Miles Celic, mentioned.


In an indication of the BoE’s confidence within the skill of lenders to resist a tough Brexit, the FPC mentioned capital ranges at banks could possibly be left unchanged.

The so-called counter cyclical capital buffer or CCYB would stay at 1 p.c, binding from the top of November, the FPC mentioned.

This buffer goals to make sure banks construct up capital to protect in opposition to dangers because the credit score cycle picks up, which they will then draw on throughout a downturn. It applies on high of different internationally-required buffers.

The FPC mentioned shopper credit score continued to develop quickly, however measures already taken to cease overheating have been having an impression, with banks reporting a major tightening of unsecured credit score.

The FPC additionally mentioned that subsequent yr it will launch its first pilot stress check to test on the flexibility of sure lenders’ funds techniques to get better from a extreme cyber assault inside a pre-determined period of time.

Trade tensions and dangers from the global economic system had intensified, the BoE mentioned, and Carney described latest developments in global commerce politics as “concerning”.

($1 = zero.7584 kilos)

Additional reporting by David Milliken and Elisabeth O’Leary; Editing by Toby Chopra

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