• Brexit deal could be done by 21 November, Raab suggests (Guardian): Writing to the Brexit select committee, the cabinet member responsible for the day-to-day negotiations said he would be “happy to give evidence when a deal is finalised, and currently expect November 21 to be suitable”. The suggestion was contained in an optimistic three-page letter dated 24 October but only released this afternoon by the committee of MPs that also said “we are not far from an agreement” on the vexed question of what backstop arrangements to adopt if a free trade deal cannot be signed. The pound briefly lifted by 0.5% as the letter emerged, before falling back to its lunchtime levels. (Full letter available here as well as the response, dated yesterday)

 

  • Commons rules allow May to ignore MPs’ vote on ‘alternative Brexit’ (Guardian): Theresa May can legally ignore any non-statutory vote by MPs that suggests an alternative Brexit plan, including the option of a second referendum, according to the most senior official of the House of Commons. Sir David Natzler, clerk of the Commons, told the Brexit committee none of the votes would be binding on the government, unless they were amending legislation. However, he added that such a vote would still have “considerable political force”. Natzler also suggested that a decision by the majority of MPs to back a second referendum, even just as a non-binding resolution or motion, would be very difficult politically for the prime minister to ignore.

 

  • Ireland warns UK must compromise by next week for a deal to be done (Telegraph): In response to Dominic Raab’s announcement, Ireland’s deputy prime minister has warned that there needs to be further “movement” from the United Kingdom in negotiations for there to be a Withdrawal Agreement next month. Ambassadors from the EU27 also met this afternoon to receive an update on how the negotiations are progressing. It came after David Davis, Mr Raab’s predecessor, claimed on Tuesday evening that Mrs May was likely to get a Brexit deal through Parliament because the “terror” of no deal would compel many potential rebels to back her. 

 

  • Baker McKenzie will be hosting a Brexit webinar on the VAT and customs implications of a hard Brexit, on Monday 5th November. Details of the webinar and a link to the broadcast can be found here: Webinar Details & Access.
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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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