Tory deregulation agenda stalling Brexit talks, says Corbyn

  • Jeremy Corbyn has said Brexit talks with the government are stalling because of a Tory desire for post-withdrawal deregulation, including as part of a US trade deal.
  • The Labour leader said there is no agreement yet on customs union or workers’ rights.
  • Corbyn goes onto state that Labour had been putting forward a robust case for a customs union during the talks over the past week, but has suggested that he feared the two sides would not find common ground.



UK’s European lawmakers face full obligations until Brexit, Tusk warns

  • The UK must approach European Parliament elections seriously, because new British lawmakers could end up sitting “for several months, maybe longer,” European Council President Donald Tusk warned today.
  • Donald Tusk, European Council president, stated today at a full meeting of the assembly, “They will be full members of the parliament, with all their rights and obligation”.



US Speaker Nancy Pelosi warns against weakening peace deal

  • US Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, is due to begin an official visit to the Republic of Ireland later this week.
  • Speaking on the eve of her visit, she said there would be “no chance whatsoever” of a post-Brexit trade deal between the US and UK if there were any weakening of the Good Friday Agreement.
  • Mrs Pelosi said the 1998 Good Friday Agreement was a model that could not be “bargained away in another agreement”.



Manufacturers fear flipside of no-deal Brexit boom

  • There has been a mini manufacturing boom in the UK, borne out of Brexit uncertainty.
  • Manufacturers across the UK have increased output of their goods and stockpiled items that go into them, because of the risk of a no-deal Brexit and delays at the border.
  • However, there is a likely flipside to this boom: with UK manufacturers’ customers in mainland Europe having committed to larger than normal purchases in the first quarter of this year, they could well buy lower volumes through the rest of 2019.



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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