Brexit: Welsh ports under threat from post-Brexit tradeBBC News

  • The Welsh government has warned that the effect of post-Brexit trading patterns seriously threatens the sustainability of its Irish Sea ports.
  • The flow of trade through Welsh ports has collapsed since January with 50% less volume going through Holyhead and 40% less in the south West compared to February last year.
  • Brexit and the Irish Sea border has resulted in more Irish-EU bound exports directly going to France or Belgium and UK-bound export going direct to Cairnryan or Liverpool.

Brexit: NI protocol needs consent of ‘all of the people’ in Northern IrelandBBC News

EU keen to resume Brexit talks to end Northern Ireland row The Guardian

  • The UK Brexit minister, Lord Frost, has questioned the durability of the NI Protocol. The Protocol can only be removed by a majority vote with a vote set to take place in 2024.
  • This follows the UK’s actions earlier this month where it unilaterally changed the implementation of the Protocol, prompting the EU to begin legal action.
  • The EU has given the UK until mid-April before it decides on further legal action.
  • Ireland’s foreign minister, Simon Coveney, has indicated there may be a willingness to show flexibility to resolve the issue including looking at extensions to grace periods.

Data shows collapse of UK food and drink exports post-Brexit – The Guardian

Salmon, Beef, Whisky exports from UK to EU plunge after Brexit – Bloomberg

  • According to the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) the UK’s export market has slumped dramatically following Brexit, suffering a £750 million (75.5% decrease) compared to January 2020.
  • Among the hardest hit exports were salmon (98% drop), beef (91.5% drop) and cheese (85.1%) when compared to the previous year.
  • This is part of a larger export slump, with the ONS reporting that exports to the EU fell by 40.7% in January of this year when compared to January 2020 while imports from the EU has also dropped 28.8% with significant declines in the imports of cars, medicine and pharmaceuticals.
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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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