The Bank of England says the UK banking system is still resilient to the financial impact of a worst-case disorderly Brexit.
The comment came in its regular health check on the banks, the Financial Stability Report.
The Bank said “the perceived likelihood of no-deal Brexit has increased since the start of the year”. It said that “material risks” of economic disruption from such a scenario remain.
However, there had been “some improvement in the preparedness of the UK economy for no-deal Brexit”. Since last year, UK banks have been forced to hold back more capital, and demonstrate easy access to £1 trillion in funding (liquidity).
The Bank says that such a buffer would allow the banking system to continue to lend into the economy, even if the UK were shut out of international markets for three months.
This worst-case scenario stress test involves the economy shrinking by 4.7%, unemployment more than doubling to 9.5% and property prices falling by 33%.
Nearest tube – Elephant & Castle underground station (Northern and Bakerloo lines).
Nearest Railway Station – Elephant & Castle
Buses from Elephant and Castle – ask bus driver for Burgess Park. Bus numbers: 12, 171, 148, 176, 68, 484, 42, 40, 45