Companies leave London as Brexit fears loom

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CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|With just two months to go before Brexit, 1,500 finance jobs have been shifted or created overseas. Big financial firms surveyed by Reuters in January said that figure would likely rise to nearly 2,000 by the end of March 2019.

London (CNN Business) Brexit hasn’t happened yet but it’s already shrinking the United Kingdom’s financial services industry.

Banks and other financial companies have shifted at least £800 billion ($1 trillion) worth of assets out of the country and into the European Union because of Brexit, EY said in a report published Monday. Many banks have set up new offices elsewhere in the European Union to safeguard their regional operations after Brexit, which means they also have to move substantial assets there to satisfy EU regulators. Other firms are moving assets to protect clients against market volatility and sudden changes in regulation

The consultancy said the figure represented roughly 10% of the total assets of the UK banking sector and was a “conservative estimate” because some banks have not yet revealed their contingency plans.”Our numbers only reflect the moves that have been announced publicly,” said Omar Ali, head of financial services at EY.

“We know that behind the scenes firms are continuing to plan for a ‘no deal’ scenario.”EY has tracked 222 of the biggest UK financial services companies since the Brexit referendum in June 2016.

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