Belfast Telegraph

Market access and recruitment issues central to watchdog's post-Brexit pitch

Britain's financial watchdog will make the case for cross-border market access and keeping the City open to talent in a post-Brexit world.

As part of its new business plan, unveiled on Tuesday, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) laid out its priorities for the coming year, with minimising disruption from Britain's EU exit among its top priorities.

FCA chief Andrew Bailey said: "The UK's decision to leave the European Union creates uncertainty for both the UK's financial industry and the FCA.

"Both we and the Government are keen to ensure that the financial services industry remains resilient and well placed to meet users' needs and thus make the most of opportunities in a post-Brexit world.

"Leaving the EU inevitably creates a higher risk of disruption to our business plan priorities.

"So it is particularly important that we retain the flexibility to respond swiftly should we need to review them further."

Five principles will guide the FCA's advice to Government relating to Brexit.

These include cross-border market access, the opportunity to recruit and maintain a skilled workforce, cooperation between regulatory authorities and influence over standards.

The FCA also plans to put "consumer vulnerability and access to financial services" at the heart of its mission.

It pointed to a 2019 deadline for compensation payouts linked to the PPI scandal, which has so far resulted in over £24.5 billion being paid to customers.

The body said it will launch a communication campaign to raise awareness and understanding of the PPI complaints deadline.