UK banks given six months to prepare for negative interest rates

Bank of England’s monetary policy committee votes to keep rate at 0.1% but gives banks six-month deadline

The Bank of England took a step closer to introducing negative interest rates for the first time on Thursday, after it gave lenders six months to prepare for such a move.

Threadneedle Street’s monetary policy committee (MPC) voted unanimously to keep the official interest rate at historically low levels while it agreed set the deadline for banks to prepare themselves after policymakers said they were ready to make negative lending rates part of their toolkit.

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