• EU unhappy over May’s post-Brexit immigration plan – Senior EU figures have criticised Theresa May’s post-Brexit immigration plan with the president of the European commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, signalling that he expects a disagreement with Theresa May at an upcoming “moment of truth” summit. The plan to curb low-skilled immigration was seized upon by Manfred Weber, the German leader of the centre-right EPP group and a leading candidate to be the next European commission president. He said the UK’s plan to end free movement illustrated the need to stay united against attempts to pick off the benefits of EU membership. “Brexit means leaving the EU and this means losing the advantages of this union and that is the simple principle,” he added. (The Guardian)

 

  • The Brexit effect: Brussels tries to blunt the Swiss model – with Brexit forcing the EU to rethink its relationship with neighbouring countries that are not part of the bloc, Switzerland has become a prime candidate for some rethinking of current arrangement. Negotiations on a new deal started four years ago, and the EU seems determined to impose its will on Switzerland — perhaps as an example to the UK. In theory the EU could even threaten to unwind deals already agreed; that would deliver a big shock to the Swiss economy and its multinationals, such as drug companies Novartis and Roche. (FT)

 

  • ‘Catastrophic’ no-deal Brexit would ‘crash the economy’, Tory business minister admits – Business minister Claire Perry has broken ranks to warn that a no-deal Brexit would be “catastrophic” and “a way of crashing the economy”. Theresa May and other cabinet ministers have insisted the UK can prosper even if it crashes out of the EU without an agreement – insisting that remains an option. But Ms Perry said: “No deal is a recipe for a catastrophic series of consequences. It’s also a way of crashing the economy and of doing great damage to our most productive industries.” Her warning undermines the prime minister’s determination to claim the UK is seriously contemplating a no-deal – something widely seen as a bluff on the continent. (The Independent)
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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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