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No-Deal Brexit Contingency: ESMA to Recognize Three UK CCPs and the UK CSD


The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has adopted new recognition decisions for the three central counterparties (CCPs) and the Central Securities Depository (CSD) established in the United Kingdom (UK) to reflect the extension to the Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union (TEU) period to April 12, 2019.

ESMA announced on February 18 and March 1 that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, and without an extension to the Article 50 TEU period, it would recognize the three UK CCPs and the UK CSD. This was done on the basis that the conditions stipulated respectively in Article 25 of EMIR and Article 25 CSDR were satisfied. One of these conditions was the respective equivalence decisions on the UK adopted by the European Commission (EC) and announced in its preparedness Communication of December 19, 2018.

ESMA said the extension to the Article 50 TEU period means that the ESMA recognition decisions would not apply on March 30, 2019. Following the adoption of the amended equivalence decisions in relation to UK CCPs and the CSD by the EC on April 3, 2019, ESMA has accordingly issued new recognition decisions to make sure that UK CCPs and the CSD are recognized in the event a no-deal Brexit occurs on April 12.

The recognition decisions would take effect on the date following Brexit date, under a no-deal Brexit scenario.