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Brexit vote deflates London-HK Connect

A planned link between commodities markets in London and Hong Kong has been put on hold because of the “uncertainty” caused by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the head of Hong Kong’s stock exchange said.

Charles Li, chief executive of Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, wrote in a blog post that before the plan can proceed, there must be more clarity over the outcome of regulatory talks between Europe and Britain following the shock vote.

“With Britain withdrawing from the EU, there is some uncertainty about policy developments in the UK. Therefore, we will wait and monitor the development of the UK and Europe’s regulatory policy before making further plans to connect the commodities markets in London and Hong Kong,” Li wrote late on Wednesday.

The “London-Hong Kong Connect” policy was announced during a visit by President Xi Jinping to Britain last year in a bid to open up the London Metals Exchange to flush Hong Kong investors.

The LME, founded in 1877, is the world’s largest exchange trading nonferrous metals and was bought by HKEx for 1.39 billion pounds (US$1.8 billion) in 2012. They still operate as separate bodies.


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