There should be no change to your everyday banking services. We’ll continue to support you and keep you informed and updated. We’re 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, where we are permitted to do so.
We’ve already made changes to the way we’re organised to ensure we can continue to serve customers from 1 January 2021. Those customers affected by these changes have already been contacted by their Relationship Manager.
We continue to work closely with our regulator, the Irish Government and trade organisations to help us understand what the future UK-EU relationship means for the Financial Services sector.
Yes. There should be no change to how you make and receive payments to EU countries. And, of course, you can continue to access your bank account in your normal way to conduct your everyday banking needs.
Yes. It will still be easy to use your bank card in ATMs in the UK and 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 our mobile app and online banking to conduct your everyday banking needs.
Open Banking was brought in by The Competition and Market Authority (CMA).
It's a secure way to share your information with Third Party Providers (TPPs) and it also offers alternative payment methods. It will make it easier for companies to offer services that give you more control over your money and financial information.
Banks and building societies will make some information accessible to other approved companies in a standard, straightforward and secure way, and only ever with your consent. All companies will be approved by the Financial Conduct Authority.
As a result of the UK leaving the EU, from 1 January 2021 some Third Party Providers licenced in the UK won't be able to access your data under your existing Open Banking arrangements. As a result, you might not be able to do some things you previously could.
As the services are covered by law, any Third Party Providers not licenced in the EU needs EU authorisations to conduct business with an EU customer. So, from 1 January 2021, UK TPPs need EU approval to carry on working with EU customers.
Companies that provide a service in return for a fee, for example broadband, TV, waste collection, insurance, are known as service providers. When these companies take their fee from a customer’s bank account on a regular basis through an SDD, they are known as SDD originators. In order for the SDD originator to be able to collect an SDD they must adhere to the regulations set down by the European Regulatory Authority for the collection of such payments. If they do not adhere to the regulations, then the SDD cannot be processed.
We have identified a number of customers who may be affected by this change and have written to them to advise of this potential issue.
Service providers are working with UK counterparts to make sure they have the additional informaton they need.
However, if you're concerned about your SEPA Direct Debits being collected, we recommend that you contact the service provider. Ask them to confirm that their UK bank have all the information required to process your payments from 1 Jnauary 2021.