The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has set out five priorities to ‘make the best of Brexit’.

Director General of the ABI, Huw Evans, said the five top priorities for the insurance and long term savings industry as it seeks to make the best of Brexit are:

  • regulation in the UK’s interest
  • passporting
  • data protection
  • skills
  • and international trade

 

Evans urged the UK government to secure transitional arrangements between the EU exit and what replaces it to avoid a protracted political timescale impacting on business location decisions.

The new priorities, which were agreed by the ABI Board and formed the basis of a submission to the government, are:

 

  •          Securing a regulatory environment that is appropriate for the UK market. 
  •          Retaining the ability to passport out of and into the UK
  •          Closely mirroring the EU data protection regime to avoid a quagmire of complexity around how personal and non-personal data is protected
  •          An improved future migration policy that enables the employment of high-skilled professionals from both within and outside the EU
  •          A strong focus on regulatory dialogue and international agreements in overseas financial services markets, especially in India and China

 

Evans said: “It is important that our world-leading market – the largest in Europe – is clear on what a successful outcome from EU exit would look like. That means identifying the key challenges to overcome and the opportunities we must grasp to make the best of Brexit.”

He added: “There are many challenges ahead but handled right and the future for the UK insurance and long term savings industry remains bright.”