HSBC and Brexit

Helping you navigate Brexit, so you can focus on your business

Hear our expert’s updates on the latest Brexit developments

The UK Parliament has rejected the government’s draft withdrawal agreement. Join HSBC’s UK Economist Mark Berrisford-Smith as he explores what could happen next and what it all means for companies who do business with, or have subsidiaries in, the UK. Recorded on Thursday 17th January 2019.

Five steps to Brexit readiness


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  • Brexit: get the planning right

    Potentially forthcoming Brexit changes have triggered open and wide-ranging discussions between businesses and banks. In this short video, HSBC's expert panel discusses why planning is crucial among corporate clients seeking post-Brexit opportunities and what questions businesses should be asking now.

The Brexit Landscape

The EU single market was created around four principal freedoms: the free movement of goods, services, capital and people across borders. With the advent of Brexit, all that is set to change for the UK.

What's on the horizon for the UK economy?
There is a range of possible outcomes, but they can broadly fall into 3 scenarios.

  • Soft Brexit: The UK seeks full access to the single market while enforcing freedom of movement for people
  • Hard Brexit: The trade talks fall apart or the negotiated deal fails to pass. The UK exits the single market and the customs union in 2019
  • Creative Brexit1: 2-year 'status quo' transition deal before applying the result of the negotiations. The UK exits the single market and the customs union in 2021  



1. 'Creative Brexit' refers to the potential outcome of a negotiated settlement between a 'Hard' and a 'Soft' Brexit, but different in nature to existing agreements between the EU and non-EU states."

First and foremost at HSBC we’re ready to ensure business continuity for our clients. And this is where the Brexit working group comes in. By getting everyone in the organisation round a table early you can unearth impacts that might not at first seem obvious

Eddie NORTON, Regional Head of Global Liquidity and Cash Management Europe

EEA entities in key locations

HSBC has key treasury centres in HSBC France, HSBC Germany, Ireland and Netherlands.

Throughout Brexit, we'll keep your focus on the next move forward.

Through evolving times for Europe, Clients can rely on HSBC for continuity, stability and support for your business. Whatever Brexit scenario unfolds, our well-established UK and European Economic Area (EEA) network will mean the minimum of disruption for businesses.

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