On December 11, 2015, the BoE published its Statement of Policy and feedback to its consultation on its proposed approach to exercising its power to direct firms to address impediments to resolvability. As the UK resolution authority, the BoE must, in preparing the resolution plan for a firm, assess the resolvability of a firm. If any substantive impediments are identified during that assessment or otherwise, the BoE has the power to require the firm to remove  any such obstacle, including requiring the amendment of a group financial support agreement, the disposal of certain assets or a change to its legal or operational structure. The BoE’s power of direction applies to UK incorporated and authorized banks, building societies and PRA-designated investment firms, any UK incorporated parents of those firms that are financial holding companies and to UK incorporated and authorized subsidiaries of such firms. The final Statement of Policy sets out the BoE’s approach to and process for using the power of direction and includes illustrative examples of scenarios in which the BoE may consider exercising its power of direction.

The Statement of Policy and responses to the consultation are available at:

http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/financialstability/Documents/resolution/barriersresolvabilitydec15.pdf.