• Roadmap to avoid Brexit to be sent to MPs and peers: UK MPs and peers will be sent a roadmap next week detailing how they could stop Brexit by the George Soros-backed Best for Britain group. The group will publish a timetable as part of its “campaign manifesto” at a launch event on 8 June saying that MPs need to introduce amendments calling for a second referendum on the final deal secured by the UK Prime Minister Theresa May in which remaining in the European Union is an option on the ballot paper. (The Guardian)
  • No. 10 denies idea of joint EU and UK status for Northern Ireland: The UK government has dismissed a mooted idea for a post-Brexit customs deal where Northern Ireland would have EU and UK status and a “buffer zone” along its border with Ireland, saying it could not accept plans that treated the region differently from the rest of the UK. The No 10 statement follows reports that David Davis, the Brexit secretary, had devised the idea as a possible workaround for a maximum facilitation customs scheme, avoiding a delay for the necessary technology to be ready. (The Guardian / Sky News)
  • Half of Londoners want a new vote on final deal before Britain leaves EU: According to a YouGov poll, some 49 per cent of people in the capital said they want the final say on the agreement due to be struck this autumn on rules for trade and co-operation. Only 33 per cent support the Government’s wish for a “meaningful vote” in Parliament – which could turn out to be a “take it or leave it” vote for MPs, with the public having no voice. (Evening Standard)
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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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