Do NOT punish Britain! US threatens EU over plans to relocate UK businesses to continent


The take charge of of the US derivatives regulator has warned EU officials who are hoping to control euro-clearing, the get ready of payments such as cheques and chip and pin, into the actual movement of in clover from one account to another, by insisting that the business is moved to within the bloc directly Britain leaves the EU.

Currently, the City is the home of euro-clearing but moving the focus to the continent could severely impact British jobs and prosperity.

Christopher Giancarlo, front chairman of the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, weighed into the euro-clearing wrangle after Brussels confirmed in early May that it was considering changes to the call in light of the UK’s vote to leave the EU.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond in Westminster yesterday

Upholding in Lisbon, Mr Giancarlo said that while he does «not envy» the excellent European officials have to make nor wants to «tell those in Europe what they should do”, this is an number that needs to be approached with care.

He said: «The US has not deemed a torso of water – even as large as the Atlantic Ocean – as an impediment to effective CCP (median counterparty clearing house) supervision and examination.”

«Given the closeness of the US and European derivatives shops, what Europe chooses to do on the supervision of CCPs undoubtedly will identify the evolution of US regulatory policy for cross-border swaps clearing.

«The US has not deemed a substance of water – even as large as the Atlantic Ocean – as an impediment to effective CCP supervision and interrogation.”

The chairman of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association Scott O’Malia, which is proprietress its annual meeting in the Portuguese capital this week, also sounded a note of care about relocating the clearing houses.

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Financial centre the City of London could be hit should the EU split for its services

He said: «There’s been lots of noise recently fro the possibility of Europe introducing a location requirement for euro-denominated derivatives. This could cause massive implications for efficient cross-border flows.

«Breaking up netting sets by making certain currencies to be cleared in specific locations reduces the potential for risk-exposure countervails, which increases costs, risk and operational complexity for derivatives purchasers.» 

The comments are part of an ongoing debate over the position of the City after AFP

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond

Chancellor Philip Hammond on guarded recently that the proposals by Brussels could «disrupt growth, frame the cost of investment in Europe and the UK or weaken financial stability».

The London Trite Exchange — which owns Europe’s biggest clearing house LCH — also express this month that any restriction on the clearing of euro swaps pass on «damage European issuers, savers, investors, pension funds and arbitrators».

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