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An investment firm is moving 100 jobs from London to Dublin - but NOT because of Brexit

“To be clear, this is all part of this long term strategy”.

Fidelity is expected to take up office space in George's Quay House, Dublin 2.
Fidelity is expected to take up office space in George's Quay House, Dublin 2.
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BRITISH INVESTMENT FUND manager Fidelity will move 100 jobs from London to Dublin, but stressed the decision was made before the EU exit referendum result.

“We have been recruiting into the Dublin office at the moment and there are some roles that will be moving from the UK,” a Fidelity spokeswoman told AFP.

“To be clear, this is all part of this long term strategy, a strategy which has evolved over time and has nothing to do with the referendum.”

British people voted last week in a crunch referendum to leave the European Union, with 52% in favour and 48% against.

The outcome sent shockwaves through London’s City finance district because many experts fear that London may no longer be able to conduct many operations in euros and thus the British capital could now lose jobs to competing hubs like Dublin, Frankfurt and Paris.

M&G Investments, a subsidiary of British insurance giant Prudential, added today that it had been working on extending its existing range of investment funds domiciled in Ireland over the past year.

IDA Ireland, the country’s inward investment agency, last week revealed it will “liaise directly with…potential investors over the coming weeks in order to work with them on the implications of the vote”.

The agency’s chief executive Martin Shanahan added: “Ireland will remain a member of the European Union with full market access and that will be attractive to investors.

“The fact that Ireland is English-speaking and a member of the EU and eurozone is also attractive.”

- © AFP, 2016

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