UK government close to abandoning Brexit talks with the EU – Evening Standard

  • The UK government is reportedly close to abandoning hope of reaching a trade deal with the EU.
  • Ministers are now working on the assumption that Britain will begin to trade with Europe on WTO terms following the end of the transition period.
  • Neither side is backing down on fishing rights, level playing field guarantees, governance of the deal or the role of the CJEU.
  • Negotiations are due to finish on Thursday but there may be a basic agreement in place by the autumn if the parties yield ground.
  • The UK is seeking a zero tariff, zero quota trade deal but WTO terms may mean tariffs could delay the passage of goods entering and exiting the UK.
  • The UK believes it is not asking the EU for a better deal than it has given other nations.
  • EU diplomats are reportedly prepared for whatever the outcome of the trade talks may be.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel also called on Brussels to step up preparations for a no-deal scenario since “very limited” progress has been made during the negotiations.

UK abandons hope of US trade deal by end of year – FT

  • Senior government officials have concluded that no comprehensive deal between the two nations will be decided before the US November election.
  • Key points of debate centre on US agricultural products and motor vehicles entering the UK market.
  • The UK government are keen to not rush into a deal and be bound by unfavourable terms.
  • The Prime Minister has claimed that the government is trying to “rigorously protect” the UK’s public services whilst also maintaining high standards for food.
  • The Trump administration is looking to substantially increase the current levels of trade done between the two countries.

Northern Irish drivers will need a green card to cross the border – BBC

  • Northern Irish drivers will have to carry an insurance green card when crossing the border into the Republic of Ireland from January.
  • The green card proves that you have insurance cover to drive in another jurisdiction.
  • The same process is expected to be applied to all UK drivers attempting to drive in an EU Member State.
  • However, Irish drivers crossing the border into Northern Ireland will not require a green card.
  • It was also confirmed that UK drivers would not need to hold an International Driving Permit, as some EU countries may demand, when visiting Ireland.

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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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