MPs to vote again on early election motion next week – BBC

  • MPs will get another chance to vote for an early election on Monday, the government has announced.
  • Shadow chancellor John McDonnell said Labour wanted an election, but its priority was stopping a no-deal Brexit.
  • The PM later said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than go to Brussels to ask for a further delay to Brexit.
  • “We either go forward with our plan to get a deal, take the country out on 31 October which we can or else somebody else should be allowed to see if they can keep us in beyond 31 October,” Mr Johnson said.

Boris Johnson’s brother quits over Brexit in fresh blow to PM – FT; BBC

  • Jo Johnson, the universities minister and younger brother of UK prime minister Boris Johnson, announced he was quitting politics with a thinly veiled attack on his sibling, as the government set out plans to try again to call a general election.
  • “It’s been an honour to represent Orpington for nine years & to serve as a minister under three PMs. In recent weeks I’ve been torn between family loyalty and the national interest — it’s an unresolvable tension & time for others to take on my roles as MP and Minister,” he said in a tweet.
  • In response to his resignation, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “The prime minister would like to thank Jo Johnson for his service. He has been a brilliant, talented minister and a fantastic MP. The PM, as both a politician and brother, understands this will not have been an easy matter for Jo. The constituents of Orpington could not have asked for a better representative.”
  • Mr Johnson spoke to the BBC about his brother’s resignation, saying “I want to thank Jo for everything he’s done,” Mr Johnson says. “We haven’t seen eye to eye for a long time about the UK and the EU but on a huge domestic agenda I think he’s done a great job.”

Pound climbs as Boris Johnson faces repeated blows over Brexit – FT

  • Sterling rose above $1.23 on Thursday, notching up more than 3 per cent of gains against the dollar from the start of the week as investors cheered repeated blows to Boris Johnson’s attempts to push through a no-deal Brexit.
  • The pound hit a day’s high at $1.2332 in European trading hours after Conservative MP and brother of the UK prime minister Jo Johnson quit his party, in the wake of Wednesday night’s vote in parliament that aims to thwart the prime minister’s promise to leave the EU on October 31 “do or die”.
  • Investors seem to be warming to the possibility of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister.
  • Daniel Trum, a strategist at UBS Wealth Management, said, if Brexit is delayed until January 2020 to allow time for an early election, the pound could be set for significant gains.

UK-EU data transfers face ‘definite risk’ of regulatory gap after Brexit, Gove saysMLex

  • Companies transferring data between the UK and the EU face a gap in regulatory regimes if there is no Brexit deal, Michael Gove has said
  • The minister in charge of no-deal planning admitted today there was a “definite risk” the UK wouldn’t have a full agreement with the EU governing seamless data transfers, but said companies could take “mitigation measures.”
  • After a no-deal Brexit, the EU’s strict data-protection rules will cease to apply in the UK. From Nov. 1, data transfers from the EU to the UK can no longer flow freely as they do between EU members. The UK will become a “third country” in terms of international data flows, putting it on the same level as any non-EU country.
  • Under the General Data Protection Regulation, these data flows must be covered by certain “safeguards” to ensure that EU citizens’ data are adequately protected. These measures include standard model clauses, codes of conduct, and certification mechanisms, or an “adequacy agreement” with a third country.
  • Appearing before a committee of UK lawmakers, Gove said he was “pretty confident” the UK would be granted an adequacy agreement. He pointed to other territories, such as the Channel Islands, that are outside the EU but enjoy the free flow of data. But he admitted there was “a definite risk of a gap after we leave, before we get an adequacy rating.”

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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