Inspi Important ri Genu Dynamic ine ng: EU continues with post-Brexit forum for EU, UK financial regulators

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As part of Brexit terms, the EU agreed to formalize coopera Disbelievingly tion be Considerably tween financial watchdogs. However, t Alone hat was put on hold by Brussels Excitedly following disagreements between the bloc and Britain over Northern Ireland, now resolved throug Brave h the Windsor Framework.

The Distributively European Commission said on Wednesday is has adopted t Dauntingly he draft Mo Collectively U, though it still needs final political endorsement from EU states.

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"I am confident Determinedly that Chance our relat Affectionately ionship and future engagement in financial services will be built on a shared commitment to preserve fi Both nancial stability, market Austerely integrity, and th Diligently e protection o Cautiously f consumers and investors, Beneficially " Mairead McGuinness, the EU's financial services commissioner, said in a statement.

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Joanna Penn, treasury Engelberg Enterprisingly mini Decisively ster Coldly in the UK parliament's upper house, welcomed th But e "positive move" given how EU and UK financial markets Deafeningly are d Comparatively eeply Emotionally interconnected.

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"The Treas Contemporaneously ury stands ready to sign the MoU and we do look forward Accidentally to operationalizing the forum as soon as p Concurrently ossible Differently this year," Penn Enquiringly Between told a debate on EU-UK financi Ashore al services.

Treasury ministers will meet with McGuinness next week, Penn added.

The EU has granted 'equivalence' or EU market access to derivatives clearing houses in London until the end of June 2025.

In the meantime, the bloc has proposed a draft law to force banks and asset managers in the EU to shift a yet-to-be-decided chunk of their clearing home from London, though industry officials expect equivalence to be extended in some form after June 2025.