The implementation of the Brexit separation of Britain’s financial system from that of the European Union remains more loaded with questions than answers. Bankers are hoping for a gentle divorce, while the government of Britain is indicating a harder stance—guaranteeing a process that will be costly in more ways than one.
Much has been made of Europe’s struggling banking sector since the turn of the decade. In October, for instance, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported that across the world, banks that were in charge of approximately $12 trillion of assets will continue to remain vulnerable, even if a global economic recovery takes hold.
Earlier this year, the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to cut its deposit rate to -0.4 percent and its benchmark refinancing rate to zero.