UK’s core Brexit bill marks new tactic to win compromise

  • UK lawmakers could begin debating legislation to enshrine EU withdrawal obligations in domestic law as early as next week.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May hopes the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill’s amendment process can act as a “forum” for lawmakers to find a Brexit compromise — but the high-risk strategy requires cooperation from the opposition Labour Party.
  • The legislation will take precedence over a number of other pieces of primary legislation — covering fisheries, agriculture and trade — required to prepare for exit.



May takes lead in bid to rescue Brexit talks

  • Theresa May returns to Parliament today seeking to breathe fresh life into talks with the Labour party, as both sides search for a Brexit breakthrough that can avert the need to hold “unwanted” European elections on 23 May.
  • The prime minister is coming under growing pressure from her own MPs to stand down if she fails to find a way to break the stalemate.



Senior Conservatives to vote on ousting Theresa May

  • Senior Conservatives are to vote on whether to make it easier to force Theresa May out of office within weeks by changing the party’s rules to allow a no-confidence motion at any time.
  • The 1922 Committee meet today to discuss amending its rules, which currently state a leader cannot face a second no-confidence motion within a year of the previous one.
  • May defeated an attempt to oust her in December, meaning she is safe from an official challenge for at least another seven months.



Week ahead in Parliament

    • Parliament reconvened today after its Easter recess.
    • Today, the following Brexit-related statutory instruments were voted on in the House of Commons:
      • The Value Added Tax (Tour Operators) (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
      • The Electronic Communications (Amendment Etc.) (EU Exit) Regulations 2019
      • The Animal Health and the Seed Potatoes and Food (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) (EU Exit) Regulations 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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