Labour to launch bid to block new PM from forcing no-deal Brexit

• On Wednesday, Labour will launch the first step in a cross-party parliamentary bid to block a new prime minister forcing a no-deal Brexit.

• Jeremy Corbyn has tabled a cross-party motion that, if passed, would give MPs control of the parliamentary agenda on 25 June, which they could then potentially use to begin legislation to prevent leaving the EU without a deal.

• This motion is backed by the former Conservative minister Oliver Letwin and the SNP, Liberal Democrats and Greens.

• Some Tory leadership hopefuls have said they would leave the EU without a deal.

• The government normally controls business in the Commons – but MPs have previously seized control to legislate in favour of extending the Brexit process.

• Labour’s Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer said MPs “cannot be bystanders” while the next prime minister “tries to crash the UK out of the European Union without a deal and without the consent of the British people“.

May’s Brexit deal ‘will not be renegotiated’, says Juncker

• European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has said that whoever takes over from Theresa May must respect in full the Withdrawal Agreement that she negotiated with the EU, stressing his “working assumption” was that the UK would be out of the bloc by Nov. 1.

• Claude Juncker told a Politico event that the UK’s 585-page exit treaty “is not a treaty between Theresa May and Juncker, it is a treaty between the UK and the EU. It has to be respected by whoever is the next British prime minister.”

• “There will be no renegotiations as far as the content of the withdrawal agreement is concerned,” he said.

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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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