Boris Johnson £350m claim case thrown out by judges (BBC)

  • Marcus Ball, a campaigner, attempted to prosecute Boris Johnson over claims he lied during the 2016 referendum campaign by saying the UK gave the EU £350m a week, having crowdfunded more than £300,000 to bring the case.
  • Johnson’s lawyers argued that the offence of misconduct in public office was about the secret abuse of power and there had been nothing secret about Mr Johnson’s claim.
  • The pro-Brexit Vote Leave group used the £350m figure throughout the referendum campaign and suggested it could “fund our NHS instead”.

Lessons from the Peterborough by-election (FT)

  • Labour gained a surprise victory in the Peterborough by-election, despite the area having strongly voted in favour of Leave. Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party came second.
  • The FT reports that Jeremy Corbyn will likely use the result to justify his continued ambiguity as to a second referendum. However, the pro-European Liberal Democrats performed strongly, with votes increasing from 9% in 2017 to 12%, suggesting Corbyn’s policy of ambiguity ought maybe to be reconsidered.
  • Nigel Farage has not been able to translate his victories on the national stage to the ground level, even in an area that voted 61% leave.
  • The fact that the Conservatives came third, after the Brexit Party, may boost Boris Johnson’s Conservative leadership prospects, as many Tories view him as the best candidate to ward off the challenge from the Brexit Party.
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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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