• MSPs urged to reject EU Withdrawal Bill – Scottish ministers have put forward a motion for debate on Tuesday, asking MSPs not to give consent to the EU Withdrawal Bill. The Scottish and UK governments are at odds over provisions of the Brexit legislation on what happens to devolved powers after the UK leaves the EU. The Scottish and UK governments agree that some devolved powers should be used in UK-wide frameworks of powers, creating joint rules and regulations across the UK, but their views differ on how these should be set up and run. Scottish ministers want Holyrood’s express consent to be sought for the use of these powers, while UK ministers argue that this could give the devolved parliaments a veto over UK-wide structures. (The BBC)
  • Cross-party campaign on Brexit bill – Nicky Morgan (Conservative), David Miliband (Labour) and Nick Clegg (Liberal Democrat) repeated their claim that Britain was being “held to ransom” by vocal Brexiters, and indicated they would be joining forces to campaign heavily for all parliamentarians to vote for amendments to the EU withdrawal bill when it returns to the Commons. They launched their campaign on Monday at the Tilda rice mill in Essex, one of the biggest suppliers of the grain in Britain. It has said it may have to scale back its business, which employs 250 people, if the UK crashed out of the single market and the customs union. (The Guardian)
  • Risk of Brexit-driven crime surge – In its annual assessment of serious and organised crime, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said criminals would take advantage of a redesigned customs setup when the UK leaves the EU, as well as any gaps in intelligence-sharing between countries, which could lead to international fugitives evading capture. UK-based companies looking to increase trade with countries outside the EU are more likely to come into contact with corrupt markets, particularly in the developing world. Brexit will also provide greater opportunities for criminals to launder money, such as investing dirty cash in British businesses that deal in high-value items such as gems and precious metals. Membership of the EU gives the NCA and UK police forces access to tools that allow them to share intelligence quickly and efficiently with European counterparts. (The Guardian)
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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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