What it means for you
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There are no immediate changes to your everyday banking services while the UK remains a member of the EU. We are closely monitoring the situation and we’re committed to providing you with as much notice as possible should any changes be required. Our aim is to continue to provide you with the same level of service and range of products as we do today.
Icon expand How we are prepared for Brexit
As our business is largely UK-focused, the impact on Ulster Bank is not as significant as it is for many other banks.
We’ve already made changes to the way we’re organised to ensure we can serve customers when the UK leaves the EU.
Our Ulster Bank Ireland DAC business will continue to provide services for our customers that live, invest and do business in the Republic of Ireland.
We continue to work closely with the UK Government to help us understand what Brexit means for the Financial Services sector.
Brexit Frequently Asked Questions
What does Brexit mean?
“Brexit” is the short-hand term being used to describe the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU). The UK voted to leave the EU following a referendum in June 2016. In March 2017, the UK Government started the process of leaving the EU by triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union.
What is Article 50?
Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union is a provision in law which sets out how a Member State can leave the EU.
What happens next?
During the Article 50 extension period, there is no change to the way we support our customers. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill will still need to be approved by the UK Parliament, EU member states and European Parliament. We’ll continue to update you with the latest guidance on this webpage.
Icon expand What is the transition period?
A transition period is included in the October 2019 Withdrawal Agreement. The transition period would run until the end of 2020 with an option to extend for up to two years. It would allow the UK to continue to participate in the European Single Market and means that UK banks would continue to have access to the European Single Market using Financial Services Passporting rights.
The transition period would need to be ratified as part of the October 2019 Withdrawal Agreement by the UK and European parliaments, plus formally approved by the European Council so it’s not yet legally agreed.
Icon expand What is passporting?
Passporting (also known as Financial Services Passporting) allows us as a bank to sell our financial services in the EU, so that it’s as easy to lend to a customer in Madrid as it is to lend to a customer in Manchester. It also means that some of the foreign banks who have offices here in the UK can sell their Financial Services into EU countries and in the UK.
Icon expand How will the Bank operate if EU passporting is removed?
To prepare for the possible loss of EU passporting, we’re using our banking entity in the Netherlands, NatWest Markets N.V. to provide continuity of service from NatWest Markets N.V. to our non-UK EEA customers.
Icon expand Why does passporting need to be removed when we leave the EU?
Passporting is intrinsic to the Single Market and will not be available to the UK after Brexit. The UK Government in its July 2018 white paper stated that its proposal for the economic partnership would include new arrangements on services and investments that provide regulatory flexibility.
Icon expand Which countries are in the EU?
The EU currently consists of:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
Icon expand Which countries are included in the European Economic Area (EEA)?
The EEA includes EU countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU’s single market.
Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market - this means Swiss nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.
Icon expand Can I still make and receive payments from EU countries?
Yes. There should be no immediate changes to how you make and receive payments to EU countries. And, of course, you can continue to access your bank account through the mobile app to conduct your everyday banking needs. Your usual Sterling direct debits and other payments should continue as normal.
Icon expand Will I still be able to use ATMs in EU countries?
Yes. It will still be easy to use your bank card in ATMs across Europe, in much the same way as you can use it today when you go on holiday to non-EU countries, such as America or Australia. And, of course, you can continue to access your bank account through the mobile app to conduct your everyday banking needs.
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Icon expand Would a UK citizen living in the EU lose access to their banking in the UK?
There is as yet no specific guidance on UK banking. It’s expected that there will be no change during the Article 50 extension period.
Icon expand Will there be any changes to my ability to make payments in Euros from the UK post Brexit?
Post-Brexit our access to Euro payment capability for our customers will remain as it is today.