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JP Morgan: UK facing exodus of bank jobs after Brexit

By Kalyeena Makortoff

Brussels will be able to "dictate" an exodus of JP Morgan bankers from the United Kingdom to the European Union as a result of Brexit, the lender's chief executive has said.

Jamie Dimon said while he was on track to move "several hundred" of the bank's 16,000 UK jobs to the EU after Britain's divorce from the bloc, he warned that number could balloon.

"If the EU determines over time that they want to start to move a lot more jobs out of London and into the EU, they can simply dictate that," he said during a panel discussion at the Paris Europlace International Financial Forum yesterday.

The banking boss explained the majority of the bank's UK operations are actually aimed at serving clients across the EU27, putting the majority of those positions at risk of being moved out of the country.

"We have 16,000 people in the UK but... 75% of that is servicing EU companies, and if regulators say one day, you know, 'we're not comfortable with your risk people, your lawyers, your compliance being in the UK' they can make us move it," he said.

"So we will simply be subject to what they do down the road."

JP Morgan revealed earlier this year it would be anchoring its EU operations in three cities - Dublin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg.

It is understood the majority of those jobs will settle in three cities, but others will be spread across additional JP Morgan sites across the EU where it has offices in cities including Paris, Milan, Madrid and Stockholm.

The relocation drive is expected to take place ahead of spring 2019 when the two-year window for Brexit negotiations draws to a close and the UK is expected to lose passporting rights for financial services.

However, Mr Dimon's comments raise the prospect of a further exodus of banking jobs to Europe after those exit talks draw to a close.

"What happens next is totally up to the EU, it's not up to Britain," Mr Dimon said.

This week business advisory firm EY's Brexit Tracker showed that Frankfurt and Dublin have emerged as top destinations for financial services looking to shift operations out of the UK after Brexit, beating rival hubs such as Luxembourg and Paris.

The tracker showed that 59 of the 222 companies monitored are either reviewing their primary locations or have started moving parts of their business out of the UK, up from 23 companies in March.

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