Boris Johnson’s top aide in defiant warning to MPs who want to block no-deal The Independent

  • Boris Johnson’s Vote Leave guru Dominic Cummings has sent a defiant warning to MPs fighting to block a no-deal Brexit.
  • Speaking in public for the first time since he was installed at the heart of 10 Downing Street as senior adviser to the new prime minister, Mr Cummings said: “politicians don’t get to choose which votes they respect.”
  • His comment appeared to reflect the determination of both him and the PM to deliver on the result of the 2016 EU referendum by the 31 October deadline, despite the existence of a clear majority of MPs opposed to leaving without an agreement.
  • Reports at the weekend – which have not been denied – suggested he told colleagues that if the Commons passed a vote of no confidence in the PM, Mr Johnson could simply call a general election in November, ensuring parliament was not sitting as the UK crashed out of the EU.
  • The prospect of Mr Johnson defying the convention that a PM must resign if he fails to command the confidence of the House sparked alarm among some Tory MPs.

Fresh food traders brace for Brexit BBC

  • Birmingham Wholesale Market is the UK’s biggest mixed wholesale market where almost a hundred traders buy and sell fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and flowers from all over the world.
  • Everything the market sells has a short shelf life, so there is concern among the traders about any delays at ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as customs checks are reintroduced on goods from the EU.
  • The government says it is reducing tariffs to zero on 87% of all produce coming into the UK and is doing what it can to ensure there are no hold ups.

Food industry seeks no-deal competition waiver BBC

  • The UK food industry has asked the government to waive aspects of competition law to allow firms to co-ordinate and direct supplies with each other after a no-deal Brexit.
  • The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) said it repeatedly asked ministers for clarity on a no-deal scenario.
  • Existing rules prohibit suppliers and retailers discussing supply or pricing.
  • The industry says leaving in the autumn could pose more supply problems than the original Brexit date last March
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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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