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Welcome to the weekly Financial Services highlights from the Financial Services team for the week ending 8 March 2018.
At HSBC's headquarters in London, the chancellor of the exchequer, Philip Hammond, gave a speech on UK-EU co-operation on financial services post-Brexit. The key message in the speech was that the UK and the EU should continue to collaborate closely on cross-border financial services and that any future bespoke trade partnership agreement between the UK and the EU should contain financial services.
The City of London's Lord Mayor, Charles Bowman, said in a speech in Madrid that a bespoke free trade agreement covering financial services is of vital importance to the future relationship between the UK and the EU.
However, in a speech given at Chatham House in London on 6 March 2018, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire stated that France did not agree that financial services can be part of a free trade agreement between the EU and the UK following Brexit.
Following the release of the EU’s draft withdrawal agreement, European Commission chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gave a speech at BusinessEurope Day 2018 setting out the EU’s priorities for a ‘global Europe’. Barnier reiterated the EU’s priority for the Brexit negotiations is to ensure an orderly withdrawal in accordance with the phased approach agreed in the original terms of reference. The first phase of these discussions culminated in the December joint report which has formed the basis of the EU’s draft terms of withdrawal.
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