• Boris Johnson and David Davis resignations (BBC News) – David Davis has resigned as Brexit Secretary and Boris Johnson has resigned as Foreign Secretary. Theresa May has stated that she did not agree with the two ex-ministers about “the best way to honour” the vote to leave the EU. The European Commission declined to comment on Mr Davis’s exit but Donald Tusk has said that he hoped a change in faces might lead to a change in policy.
  • Dominic Raab named as new Brexit minister (Reuters) – following David Davis’s resignation in protest at the government’s plans for a close trading relationship with the EU, Dominic Raab (previously a minister for housing) has been appointed as the next Brexit minister.
  • EU expects progress following David Davis resignation (Bloomberg) – from Brussel’s perspective, David Davis’s resignation is seen as a chance to progress Brexit talks and a sign that the UK government is heading to a more acceptable Brexit position. EU officials have been negotiating primarily with Olly Robbins (Theresa May’s chief EU adviser) who has led the technical negotiations, shaping policy and consulting with the European capitals. EU officials do not believe his position will change under Dominic Raab.
  • The ‘EU Common rulebookand David Davis’s decision to resign (BBC News) – David Davis has stated that he was unhappy with the government’s decision to maintain an ‘common rulebook’ with the EU following Brexit, and was one of the reasons he decided to resign. The government wants to maintain part of the rulebook on standards and regulations to allow “frictionless trade at the border” after Brexit and will allow “ongoing harmonisation of goods”. This suggests that the UK is not looking to follow the EEA model.
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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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