• Ex-ministers press Theresa May for ‘sensible’ Brexit: Theresa May is facing renewed pressure to listen to moderate voices within her party over Brexit after three former cabinet ministers lobbied the prime minister at No 10 to seek a “sensible” deal for leaving the EU. May met Amber Rudd, Justine Greening and Damian Green at Downing Street on Wednesday, and they told her the majority of Conservative MPs wanted a compromise deal with the EU. Rudd, who stepped down as home secretary last month, Greening, the former education secretary, and Green, previously May’s de facto deputy, urged the prime minister to ignore extreme minorities on either side of the debate. The former ministers have held informal talks with Tory MPs of various views to try to create a consensus for a “pragmatic approach” to the issue, the Times reported. (The Guardian)
  • Big businesses tell UK they need Brexit clarity now: A group representing over 50 major European companies including BP (BP), Vodafone (VOD), Nestle (NSRGF), BMW (BMWYY), and Norsk Hydro (NHYDY) met with Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday and warned her that trade between the United Kingdom and European Union must remain “frictionless” after Brexit. “The uninterrupted flow of goods is essential to both the EU and UK economies,” the European Round Table of Industrialists said in a statement after the meeting. “We need clarity and certainty, because time is running out.” With just 10 months to go until Brexit day (March 29, 2019), May is still struggling to identify — and negotiate — a framework for trade with the European Union that is acceptable to her cabinet and EU officials. (CNN)
  • New US tariffs are a bad sign for Brexit Britain’s trade deal hopes: When the US today announced steep tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from the EU, Mexico, and Canada, it also offered a warning about Britain’s future in trade negotiations. Donald Trump’s administration announced that it would no longer exempt the EU from 25% duties on steel, and 10% on aluminium. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker declared today as “a bad day for world trade.” Britain now faces an even greater task in sealing a trade deal with the EU, once it leaves the bloc on March 29, 2019. While the UK will still have a transition period of 21 months after this date to adjust to a new legal and political landscape, it will have to negotiate new trade deals for itself. (Quartz)
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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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