'Serious' Blow To London Banks If UK Quits Single Market: EU Commissioner


'Serious' blow to London banks if UK quits single market: EU commissioner

FRANKFURT, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News -8th Sept,2016) - The EU will not allow Britain to cling to advantages for its financial industry while blocking free movement of labour in the wake of Brexit, commissioner Valdis Dombrovsksis warned on Thursday.

"We cannot tolerate cherry-picking," the Brussels financial services chief told German business daily Handelsblatt. "It's up to the British government. If it decides not only to leave the EU but the single market as well, there will be serious effects on the City of London," he said.

London's financial district has benefited from Britain's EU membership as a foothold in the single market for British and non-EU banks. Huge volumes of euro-denominated trade pass through Britain thanks to so-called "passporting" rules, which allow the UK to host transactions in the single Currency despite not itself being a part of the eurozone.

But in the wake of the nation's June 23 vote to quit the European Union, that access may be under threat. Without a deal to remain a part of the internal market -- which Dombrovskis insisted must include the "four freedoms" of movement of capital, goods, services and labour -- the City of London risks losing those rights.

Several major players in the sector, including US giant JP Morgan and Swiss UBS, have warned that thousands of jobs could leave the "Square Mile" financial district for the continent if that happens.