UK to hold European elections on 23 May

  • The government has confirmed that the UK will hold European Parliament elections on 23 May. Theresa May had said that the UK would not have to take part in the elections if MPs agreed a Brexit plan first.
  • However, David Lidington, the de facto deputy prime minister, stated today that the elections would go ahead as there is no longer enough parliamentary time to pass the necessary Brexit legislation.
  • FT , BBC, MLex

Labour MPs say they won’t back a Brexit deal without a people’s vote

  • Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn have resumed efforts on a cross-party deal that can get Brexit across the line. However, Corbyn faces opposition from at least 60 MPs to a customs pact with May without a second vote.
  • Senior party sources said they believe two-thirds of Labour MPs, including several shadow cabinet ministers and many more frontbenchers, would refuse to back a deal without a people’s vote attached. Theresa May is preparing to make new proposals of a temporary customs union until the next election, matching EU employment rights in the future and alignment of single market regulations on goods.
  • Yet Nigel Evans, executive secretary of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tories, has stated: “If there is a compromise that turns out to be a kind of ‘Brexit in name only’ involving anything close to a customs union, there would be more than 100 Tory MPs who would never support it.”
  • Guardian , FT


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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