Bankers said to stall Dublin decisions on soft Brexit hope
Dublin, UK - Irish authorities have seen a drop in the level and intensity of inquiries from finance firms seeking to set up shop in Dublin after Britain’s June election led to the prospect of a softer Brexit, according to a person familiar with the matter.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority in the June 8 vote, prompting some banks, insurers and asset managers to scale back planning in favour a wait-and-see approach, according to the person, who asked not to be identified.
Some executives viewed the election outcome as raising the chances that the UK could stay in the single market, allowing London-based firms to continue selling financial services into the European Union, the person said. A ‘high level of ambiguity regarding the final level of Brexit bank applications’ exists, according to minutes of a June meeting of the central bank commission, which oversees the organisation.
Ireland’s central bank received no formal applications to approve credit institutions in the first half of the year, figures re- leased on Tuesday showed.
Still, the central bank commission said firms have expressed enough interest in an Irish base to justify beefing up its activities, and approved the creation of 26 new positions for its credit institutions directorate.
Bank of America Corp chose Dublin as its preferred EU hub last month, while JPMorgan Chase & Co bought a planned city-centre office block that could hold as many as 1,000 people.
Some banks are still planning for potential loss of access to the euro region. Deutsche Bank AG is girding for a hard Brexit, with plans to book the ‘vast majority’ of its trades in Frankfurt, CEO John Cryan said in a videotaped message to its 98,000 employees last month.
The Bank of England (BOE) said on Wednesday that it had drawn about 400 responses to an April request for details of financial institutions’ Brexit plans - 147 from banks and investment firms and 254 from insurers - including all UK firms and material branches of European ones.
The BOE’s Prudential Regulation Authority is in the process of analysing the submissions and is examining both the details of individual firms’ plans and looking at them collectively, deputy governor Sam Woods said.
A file photo shows a general view of Dublin, Ireland