In light of the Brexit period, which is expected to end on 31st December 2020, Standard Club issued a circular ensuring that the club can continue to access European Economic Area (EEA) markets.
To remind, from 20 February 2019 all renewing EEA members previously entered in the Standard Club UK Ltd (Standard UK) were underwritten by Standard Ireland.
However, following the club’s last update, a Withdrawal Agreement was entered into between the UK and the EU under which the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 and a transition period came into operation until 31 December 2020 .
During this transition period, EU law has continued to apply in the UK under transitional measures, while Standard UK has been able to benefit from such measures to continue to conduct business within EEA states.
As the circular exlplained, from 1 January 2021, the transitional measures end and Standard UK may no longer be able to conduct business in EEA states in relation to its legacy EEA business without being licensed in each EEA State.
Although the policy periods for the legacy EEA business have now expired and the level of activity remaining continues to reduce over time, some EEA States may require Standard UK to have a local licence in order to effectively service this business.
In order to further ensure that it can continue to provide such services without inadvertently contravening local regulations, the club is taking steps to utilise Part VII of the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Part VII Transfer) and to transfer Standard UK’s legacy EEA business to Standard Ireland.
Namely, the club goals to make the transfer effective by 31 December 2021.
In the interim period from 1 January 2021 until the proposed Part VII Transfer is complete, Standard UK will continue to service its legacy EEA business in the ordinary course and members should continue to interact with their usual club contact as they have done to date.
Overall, Standard UK will work closely with EEA regulators and members to ensure that there is minimal disruption to members and that members do not suffer any detriment.