• GCHQ chief stresses UK’s role in foiling European terror plots: Britain supplied key information to help break up terrorist operations in four European countries in the last year, one of its intelligence chiefs revealed on Monday, as the UK upped the ante in the growing row over post-Brexit security. The director of the surveillance agency GCHQ, Jeremy Fleming, speaking on a visit to Nato headquarters, also stressed other European countries had benefited from classified intelligence shared by the UK on cyber-threats. His comments can be seen as a direct riposte to EU chiefs threatening to exclude Britain from access to EU security databases and from Galileo, an alternative surveillance system to GPS, which was built for the US military. Only hours earlier, Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, in a speech in Vienna, warned that after the UK left the union it would not be involved in the European arrest warrant or the decision-making boards of Europol, or have access to EU databases after Brexit. (The Guardian)
  • Labour MP calls for Lords to be abolished after major government Brexit defeat: Ministers should back moves to abolish the House of Lords following a major government defeat on the government’s key Brexit legislation, according to Labour MP Frank Field. Mr Field, who was one of a handful of Labour MPs to back leaving the European Union, has today tabled a bill aiming to scrap the Lords and replace the upper chamber with a smaller “senate”. He suggests a smaller group of senators – around one third of the Lords membership – could represent the balance of regions and political parties elected to the Commons. His remarks follow a vote in the Lords on Monday evening to give parliament a “meaningful vote” on the final Brexit deal reached between Theresa May’s government and Brussels. The move sets the stage for a major confrontation between the prime minister and pro-EU rebels on the Conservative backbenches on Wednesday when the EU (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the Commons. (The Independent)
  • Aviation industry: EU blocks talks to avert ‘no-deal’ Brexit crisis: The European commission is refusing to agree to any back-channel discussions between UK and EU aviation agencies to avert a crisis in the event of a “no-deal” outcome to Brexit. Attempts by the aerospace industry to persuade Brussels to start contingency talks to ensure Europe’s planes keep flying and the aerospace industry can function effectively have apparently been rebuffed by the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, according to industry sources. At the strike of midnight in Brussels on 29 March 2019, when Britain leaves the EU, UK-made parts for planes will no longer be legally valid and its pilot licences will be defunct in the eyes of international regulators acting under agreements with the bloc. (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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