Corbyn backs soft Brexit and says second referendum ‘some way off’ – The Guardian

  • Speaking in Dublin, the Labour leader said the only way to break the deadlock would be a general election or a second referendum after negotiating a softer Brexit deal with Brussels.
  • Corbyn said there must not be a repeat of the 2016 referendum on Britain’s EU membership, and argued that Labour could strike a better agreement with Brussels that would include a customs union, which would then be put to a public vote.
  • Corbyn’s remarks leave open the option of Labour campaigning in favour of a Brexit deal in any second referendum, rather than for the option of remaining in the EU, which is favoured by many shadow cabinet ministers.
  • Labour’s preference is still for a general election but Corbyn’s tone on a second referendum shifted earlier this week to say he would back a poll on any deal.
  • Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, is campaigning for Labour to get fully behind a second referendum.
  • On the other side of the debate, the shadow cabinet ministers Ian Lavery and Jon Trickett have opposed a second referendum, along with Len McCluskey, the general secretary of Unite.

Philip Hammond considers running for Conservative leadership – The FT

  • Philip Hammond has announced he could run for leadership of the Conservative party if none of the other eleven candidates take a pragmatic approach to resolving the Brexit deadlock.
  • The chancellor, once seen as a Eurosceptic, also hinted he could support a second Brexit referendum if it reaches a point where “parliament has to admit it cannot resolve this issue”.

Pressure grows for Labour U-turn on Alastair Campbell’s expulsion – The FT

  • Labour’s shadow attorney-general has suggested the party’s decision to expel former spin-doctor Alastair Campbell, after he admitted to voting Liberal Democrat in last week’s European elections, should be “reviewed”.
  • Shami Chakrabarti’s comments came after scores of Labour members took to social media under the #expelmetoo hashtag, daring the UK’s main opposition party to carry out a mass purge of those who voted for parties that want the UK to remain in the EU.
  • Asked if Labour would back Remain in a future referendum, Baroness Chakrabarti told the BBC it would depend on the deal with the EU that was on offer.

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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