BBC – Theresa May defends 31 October delay to MPs

  • The new deadline of 31 October means the UK is likely to have to hold European Parliament elections in May.
  • The prime minister said that if the deal agreed with the EU was passed, the UK could leave the EU “as soon as possible”.
  • Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called the latest delay a “diplomatic failure”.
  • May told MPs that the UK would hold full EU membership rights during the extension, saying the country “would continue to be bound by all our ongoing obligations as a member state, including the duty of sincere co-operation”.

Guardian – UK stands down 6,000 no-deal Brexit staff – after spending £1.5 bn

  • The government has stood down an army of 6,000 civil servants who had been preparing for a no-deal Brexit, at an estimated cost of £1.5 bn.
  • The civil servants who had been seconded from elsewhere will now return to their normal duties, but there is no clear role for an estimated 4,500 new recruits after article 50 was extended until Halloween.
  • The Labour party’s Hilary Benn said it was a “costly price” to pay for Theresa May’s belligerent insistence of keeping a no-deal on the table
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Jessica's practice focuses on international trade and anti-bribery work, encompassing customs, export control and sanctions matters. Jessica's trade work includes advising international clients on fast-moving and evolving EU and UN sanctions, notably in respect of Iran and Russia, and on compliance with UK and EU export controls. Her trade experience also includes advising on tariff classification and customs valuations. Jessica's anti-bribery experience includes assisting with investigations, and advising clients on compliance with anti-bribery laws. Jessica has also taken a lead role in monitoring Brexit-related developments; analysing how they will affect the UK's trading position generally, and clients' businesses specifically. She has helped clients begin to conduct risk assessments of how Brexit will impact their businesses, and has assisted them in developing tailored Brexit strategies. Jessica also presents at various seminars, webinars, and conferences on the complexities of Brexit. Jessica advises global clients on complex issues arising from international transactions and works with clients across a number of sectors including pharmaceuticals, defence, finance, aviation, energy, and telecommunications. Jessica has also worked previously in Paris, and is fluent in French.

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