The following Financial Services guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
BREXIT: As of exit day (31 January 2020) the UK is no longer an EU Member State. However, in accordance with the Withdrawal Agreement, the UK has entered an implementation period, during which it continues to be subject to EU law. This has an impact on this Practice Note. For further guidance on the impact of Brexit on the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA’s) supervisory approach, see Practice Note: Preparing for Brexit: Regulations relating to the European Supervisory Authorities and the European Systemic Risk Board and Information Sharing–—quick guide.
The FCA forms part of the regulatory structure introduced following the wide political and social desire for a stronger regulatory framework. Along with the creation of new regulatory bodies, revised objectives and functions, the powers will be an important facet of the drive for such a cultural shift. See also Practice Notes: Financial Conduct Authority—structure and constitution, Financial Conduct Authority—objectives and principles, Financial Conduct Authority—functions, and FCA supervisory approach for further information. It is also important to see the FCA's powers in the context of the development of the European regulatory structure.
The powers are key mechanisms by which the FCA regulates and supervises firms. While in many respects, these are unchanged from those the
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