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Friday 20 November 2020

New Survey of Financial Services firms:

63% do not believe Government has done enough

to resolve “equivalence issue” with EU


Growing disquiet from financial services towards the Government at the failure to agree a clear regulatory framework with the EU from 2021.

With weeks left before the UK leaves the European Union, financial services firms are alarmed and concerned at the lack of progress to agree a future relationship.   Financial services firms have expressed disquiet and alarm at the UK Governments handling of the “equivalence” issue (the proposed agreement by the UK and the EU that there is mutual equivalence in standards for regulating a financial service). A survey of over 200 financial services firms carried out by Complyport, a financial services regulatory and compliance consultancy firm,  found that from the firms surveyed:


  • 63% of UK financial services firms did not believe the UK Government has done all it can to create an equivalence agreement with the EU;

  • 59% believe London's Position will remain as the pre-eminent centre of Financial Services in Europe from 1 January 2021 despite Brexit;

  •  69% believe the Single Financial Services Market and Euro will be weaker without the UK.


Paul Grainger, CEO of Complyport, commenting on the findings of the survey, said:

“Despite the fact that financial services directly provides over 1 million jobs and contributes 7% of GDP (£132 billion) to the UK economy, Brexit is  about to happen and we still do not have any clear idea of what the regulatory arrangements with the EU will be from 1 January 2021. We are less than six weeks from crashing out of the EU with no agreement on the provision of financial services. It appears the Government has failed in its negotiations with the EU with regards to financial services. It has not provided any clear or useful guidance to the industry on how it should provide services to clients in the EU from January onwards.”


Firms surveyed in the poll, which took place in late October 2020, stated that 49% of those surveyed had faced problems because of the uncertainty over the ongoing Brexit talks.




Notes to editors:

  • About the survey – the survey took place during 20 October – 1 November. 

  • All firms surveyed are regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)

  • 200 firms responded to the survey in a survey of 1000 firms.

  • Complyport is a leading compliance and regulatory consultancy providing bespoke, practical solutions for all manner of regulated firms both in the UK and overseas. Our specialist compliance services expertise can either sit alongside your current compliance teams or, for an independent solution, we can bring our team in-house.

  • Established in 2002, Complyport combines former regulators, industry practitioners and legally qualified individuals to offer our clients an unparalleled, professional team.