Theresa May ‘cannot support’ government’s Brexit bill – BBC

  • Theresa May told MPs that the government’s plan to override parts of the Brexit agreement with the EU would damage “trust in the United Kingdom” and that “this can only weaken the UK in the eyes of the world”.
  • The bill is designed to enable goods and services to flow freely across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland when the UK leaves the EU’s single market and customs union on 1 January.
  • But it gives the government the power to change aspects of the EU withdrawal agreement, a legally binding deal governing the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU earlier this year.
  • Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron have now all spoken out against the bill.

Brexit treaty-busting powers would be last resort, says UK minister – Reuters

  • According to Northern Ireland Office minister Robin Walker, Britain hopes never to need to use the proposed powers to break the Withdrawal Agreement.
  • “We would not take these steps lightly. We would hope it will never be necessary to use these powers and we would only do so if, in our view, the EU was engaged in a material breach of its duties of good faith or other obligations,” Walker told parliament.

Boris Johnson’s Brexit bill straight out of Trump playbook, David Lammy says – The Guardian

  • Boris Johnson’s law-breaking Brexit bill is straight out of the Donald Trump playbook, and leaves justice secretary Robert Buckland looking “a very small figure,” says shadow justice secretary David Lammy.
  • According to Lammy, the government’s motive for the drastic measure was “populism” and compared it to the no-holds-barred politics of the Trump White House. “It’s a playbook. Notes are passed, strategies discussed.”
  • Asked about the role of Buckland, Lammy said: “I think he’s looked a very small figure.”
  • He cited the resignations of Richard Keen as advocate general for Scotland, and head of the government’s legal department Jonathan Jones over the legislation, and criticism of the legislation by the Bar Association and the Law Society.
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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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