Hammond and Carney Make Case For Protecting Financial Services

Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney joined forces to defend the financial-services industry as the government seeks to shift its Brexit focus away from controlling migration to safeguarding jobs.

The chief stewards of the U.K. economy, speaking in their delayed annual Mansion House addresses in London on Tuesday, said breaking up financial services such as derivatives and lending after Britain leaves the European Union would result in higher costs for companies.

“Fragmentation of financial services would result in poorer quality, higher-priced products for everyone concerned,” Hammond said. “Avoiding fragmentation of financial services is a huge prize for the economies of Europe, and I believe we can do it.”

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.