A Commentary from RUSI on 11 June says that in the EU-UK discussions the usual areas of disagreement are raised: access to Britain’s fishing grounds, the requirements of a level playing field agreement, regulations over state aid etc. However, it notes that the EU’s lead negotiator – raises the question of AML/CFT in each update, and not with an air of optimism. It says that, at least as far as the EU is concerned, the UK’s ambition on AML is being brought into question. It notes that the UK can argue that it needs not fully commit to implementing current or future AML/CFT Directives, as such a commitment exists, in effect, in commitment to FATF standards, but then says FATF establishes baseline levels, which may be insufficient. Finally it raises 2 related questions – the future relationship on law enforcement and judicial cooperation and data exchange, an area where the approach in the UK and the EU is often divergent; and potential inefficiencies and difficulties for businesses should EU and UK requirements diverge.
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