The outlook for the UK monetary sector has improved since Brexit was triggered, the coverage chief for the Metropolis of London Company has mentioned.
Mark Boleat mentioned London would stay a number one monetary hub, with only some banking jobs more likely to transfer.
Urging speedy commerce talks, he added: “We might hope that the negotiations go rapidly and go properly.”
The triggering of Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty final month started the 2 yr countdown to the UK’s EU exit.
Earlier than the referendum, the monetary companies sector largely backed the Stay marketing campaign, warning that quitting the bloc may spur an exodus of Metropolis jobs.
The Metropolis of London, the council that covers London’s monetary centre, itself backed EU membership.
Since then, banks together with Goldman Sachs, HSBC and UBS have mentioned they’ll transfer some jobs out of London because of Brexit.
The historic insurance coverage market Lloyd’s of London has introduced plans to open a Brussels subsidiary in early 2019.
However in an interview with the AFP information company, Mr Boleat mentioned that whereas a number of folks can be moved, “nobody goes to say ‘we’re closing down in London'”.
“Banks have had contingency plans since earlier than the Brexit referendum in some circumstances,” he mentioned.
“They’ve identified there’s a chance that Britain won’t be within the single market – that has now been confirmed.”
He mentioned banks would wish to “restructure what they’re doing – maybe stop doing a number of issues, in some circumstances construct up enterprise elsewhere within the European Union. They’re getting on and doing that.”
Mr Boleat additionally mentioned it was vital the UK reached an early settlement over the phrases of its exit from the bloc and on the rights of EU nationals.
That will minimise disruption to “enterprise and shoppers on this nation – and in Europe,” he mentioned.
On Friday, the Financial institution of England governor warned of sector-wide penalties if the UK left with no commerce deal.
Mark Carney said the “overwhelming majority” of Metropolis corporations already had contingency plans in place.
Nonetheless, he mentioned some monetary corporations nonetheless wanted to arrange in case of a “extra excessive” consequence.
The Financial institution has written to the UK’s largest monetary corporations, urging them to plan for “all eventualities” from the UK leaving the bloc.