Forced UK account closures for expats living in the EEA – update
Since my last article on this subject, more information has come in light regarding this. Barclays have now stated that they will be closing all bank accounts (that includes current accounts, deposit accounts and savings accounts) and Wealth Management Accounts, and some International banking accounts for expats living in the EEA, if the client can’t provide a UK residential address. According to a communication one client has received from them they are starting to go through the countries in
the EEA alphabetically and writing to all the expats with a non UK address advising them their accounts will be closed by the end of 2020.
Barclays are advising clients “they would like to let you know that in order to continue banking with us living in the UK and all of the addresses we hold for them will also need to be in the UK too this includes any correspondence addresses. “
Barclays have provided the following link https://www.barclays.co.uk/brexit /eea-changes/ , where you will find all the relevant details.
In addition to this NatWest Wealth Management have also started advising clients that unless they can supply a UK residential their investment portfolios will be liquidate and closed by the end of 2020.
HSBC and Lloyds have said that they are looking at this issue but to date no decision has been made to close accounts, however this view could change in the future. To date only one Bank has stated that they won’t be closing accounts and that is Santander.
At Blacktower we are working with a large number of those affect to find the best solutions for them, but in a number of cases it will mean completely restructuring their financial affairs , which can have tax implications, it takes time and expertise, but it can be done.
The best advice I can give expats is don’t panic and act in haste, take advice from Blacktower as to what is the best course of action for you to take.
If you are or could be affected by this or would like a review of your current financial affairs or any wealth management matter please contact the Blacktower office on 965 058 212 or contact me directly by email firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile : 658 892 330,
The above information was correct at the time of preparation and does not constitute investment advice and you should seek advice from a professional adviser before embarking on any financial planning activity.
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