Boris Johnson: I’ll make UK ‘match fit’ for no-deal Brexit

The Guardian

  • Boris Johnson has pledged to get the UK “match fit for no deal” to ensure it can leave the EU on 31 October “come what may”.
  • Johnson’s commitment to stick to the deadline comes after he was warned that more than 30 Tories could rebel to block a no-deal Brexit if he tried to force it through parliament.
  • Writing on the BrexitCentral website, Johnson took aim at Hunt, who referred to 31 October as a “fake deadline”, before later admitting he should have described his rival’s commitment to leave on that date as a “fake promise”.
  • He restated his promise to protect the rights of EU citizens in the UK and to put the £39bn divorce settlement in a state of “creative ambiguity” to use as leverage to secure another deal.

Irish foreign minister blasts ‘inaccurate’ Tory leadership debate over EU and backstop

The Independent

  • Simon Coveney (Ireland’s foreign minister) has blasted the “inaccurate” discussion of Brexit taking place during the Conservative leadership contest.
  • “In recent weeks we have observed and listened to some inaccurate utterances about ourselves, the EU and the backstop,” he wrote in an article for the Irish Times newspaper.
  • Mr Coveney warned that “the chances of a disorderly Brexit have never been higher” and the said the Irish government “now considers the risk of this outcome on October 31st as ‘significant’”.

MPs launch fresh bid to stop next prime minister forcing through no-deal Brexit

The Independent

  • Meanwhile, MPs will launch a fresh bid later on Monday to stop the next prime minister forcing through a no-deal Brexit without parliament’s consent.
  • The move, orchestrated by Dominic Grieve, is designed to stop the government suspending parliament as a way of preventing MPs from blocking attempts to take the UK out of the EU without a deal.
  • It would make it a legal requirement for a government minister to make a statement in the House of Commons in October on the issue of Northern Ireland.
  • If passed, it would become unlawful for parliament to be suspended at that time, meaning there would be at least one day in October when MPs would be able to try to block no deal.
  • The amendment will be tabled to a government bill that seeks to delay elections to the Stormont devolved assembly until 21 October to allow more time for talks aimed at restoring power-sharing.

Sterling hovers above 6-month lows on Brexit fears as data eyed


  • Sterling hovered near a six-month low against the dollar on Monday as investors continued to bet on lower British interest rates and added to their short positions on the currency.
  • The pound was 0.2% weaker at $1.2507, not far from the $1.2481 low reached on Friday. Against the euro, sterling was broadly flat at 89.660 pence, still below the key psychological level of 90.

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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