"Over time we must expect EU business to be a gradually declining share of our financial services exports … as a steadily rising proportion will be with the fast-growing economies beyond Europe. We are well equipped to make this transition," Hammond said at TheCityUK lobby group’s annual dinner on Wednesday.
The official noted that the United Kingdom had always had a vision of itself as a part of the world, not just Europe, adding that the country was well positioned to develop trade relations with various expanding markets.
"Our Global Financial Partnerships strategy is an ambitious programme to build Financial Services links with sophisticated financial centres around the world … that will provide new levels of market access and new channels into emerging and developing economies for UK businesses. That strategy will utilise the new flexibilities at our disposal as we leave the EU," the official pointed out. The transcript of Hammond’s speech was published on the UK government’s website.
In December, five UK business groups representing hundreds of thousands of companies urged in a statement the British lawmakers to put aside their disputes and stop a no-deal Brexit. The statement was co-signed by British Chambers of Commerce, the Confederation of British Industry, Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors, and the manufacturers' organization, EEF.
Businesses are reaching the "point of no return," the statement reads, with many putting in place expensive contingency plans, while for hundreds of thousands others who are yet to start planning it is already too late.
The United Kingdom is set to leave the European Union in late March. The two sides have reached a withdrawal deal. However, it has not yet been approved by UK lawmakers, prompting fears of a no-deal Brexit both in Brussels and in London.