Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein warns City may "stall" due to Brexit

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The bank's chief said the firm has been talking to other European cities about moving (Source: Getty)

Goldman Sachs chief Lloyd Blankfein has warned the City will "stall" and could even "backtrack" as a result of Brexit.

Blankfein told the BBC his firm has made "contingency plans" to move people out of Britain depending on how negotiations play out with Brussels, and that he had been in discussions with European cities about moving.

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However, he said Goldman Sachs doesn't have a comprehensive set of plans at the moment.

Speaking about the City, Blankfein said: "I don't think it will totally reverse... It will stall, it might backtrack a bit, it just depends on a lot of things about which we are uncertain and I know there isn't certainty at the moment."

Goldman Sachs' plans to move jobs away from London first emerged at the end of March.

Richard Gnodde, chief executive of Goldman Sachs' European arm, said the bank, which has around 6,000 staff in London, would start carrying out its contingency plans before the start of Brexit in 2019.

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