EU to allow continued data flows to UK following BrexitReuters

  • The European Commission (EC) has today said that Britain’s data protection laws are in line with the EU’s.
  • The EC will start a process to allow police and financial data to flow from the EU to Britain for the next 4 years.
  • Before the EU grants a formal adequacy status to British laws, the European Data Protection Board will need to be consulted and will need to approve the decision.
  • The process will need to be completed before the end of June, when the interim arrangement for data flows after Brexit ends.

EU warns it will do regular checks on UK data handlingFT

  • Today Brussels warned that it would  impose checks on the UK’s handling of personal data, despite giving provisional approval for information flows from the EU to Great Britain.
  • It is expected that the EC’s draft ruling is likely to win the required sign off by EU data protection authorities and Member States.
  • The decision came as Lis Truss and Valdis Dombrovskis, the EU trade secretary and EU trade policy chief, held separate talks over potentiation cooperation on matters including WTO reform.
  • Dombrovskis invited the UK to “cooperate closely with the EU in like-minded groups at the WTO”.

UK manufacturing hit by Brexit trade disruption – FT

  • The Markit purchasing managers’ index for manufacturing (released today) fell to the lowest level since May last year.
  • The index for delivery times by suppliers to British manufacturers fell to its lowest level since April 2020, with many quoting Brexit-related disruption as an issue holding back production.
  • British manufacturers’ export sales declined and respondents commented that difficulties with fulfilling orders to existing EU clients due to higher costs and transport delays, was part of the cause.
  • Brexit was the most common cited cause of delays of supplies. Other common responses included problems with shipping and a strong global demand for raw materials.

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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