1. Barclays is in talks with Irish regulators about expanding its presence in Dublin in the run up to Brexit. Barclays quoted “In the absence of certainty around….an agreement, we intend to take necessary steps to preserve ongoing market access for our customers”. BBC News
  2. At least 15 Conservative MPs are in talks with Labour to defeat Theresa May’s hard Brexit. Stephen Kinnock said there was a “growing recognition” of the need for Britain to embrace a Norway-style arrangement to head off the threat of severe economic damage. Given the Prime Minister’s precarious working majority of just 12, a group of 15 rebel Tories could be sufficient to defeat the Conservatives in any Commons vote.  The Independent
  3. Theresa May has been warned of an “immense constitutional crisis” if she goes ahead with a key Brexit bill without devolved governments’ consent. Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones said the repeal bill, to convert current EU laws into UK law, was a “naked power-grab” which he could not support. He has joined forces with SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon to oppose the bill. BBC News

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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