• Brexit: Cabinet aims for deal by end of November: Senior ministers have agreed they want to reach a Brexit deal with the EU by the end of November, sources say. “Everyone saw the difficulties of leaving it longer,” a senior cabinet source told the BBC. Various news reporters have seen a detailed suggested timetable of how the government could try to sell a deal to MPs and the public. It includes speeches from Theresa May and support from business figures and foreign leaders. (BBC)


  • Britain’s Fox: “impossible” to say if Brexit deal can be reached this month or next: British trade minister Liam Fox said on Tuesday it was “impossible” for him to say if a Brexit deal could be reached with the European Union this month or next, but Britain wanted an agreement, and a deal is better than no deal. (Reuters)


  • Government’s ‘deeply worrying’ post-Brexit environment plans fail to replace one-third of EU laws, MPs warn: Committee says there is still uncertainty about air, water and chemical laws, as well as the new body to ensure they are enforced. The government has still not committed to replacing around a third of all environmental rules governing air, water, chemicals and waste disposal that cannot be copied over into UK law from the EU. With five months to go until exit day, MPs from the Environmental Audit Committee said the lack of clarity about a sizeable chunk of regulations was “deeply worrying”. (The Independent)


  • Hopes for Brexit deal grow with ‘major step’ on Irish border issue: Theresa May’s hopes of securing a Brexit withdrawal agreement have been increased after she came closer to winning her cabinet’s backing to resolve the final major sticking point in negotiations with Brussels. The prime minister tasked the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox, with drawing up legal plans for a “review mechanism” to resolve the Irish backstop issue. (The Guardian)


  • Sterling bounce on Brexit deal optimism:  Sterling erased earlier losses and headed back towards the day’s highs in volatile trading. The optimism was fuelled by growing hopes of a Brexit deal breakthrough after a cabinet meeting. (RTE)


  • The UK government accepts that an EU leaders’ summit to sign off on a Brexit deal this month likely won’t happen, with mid-December looking a more realistic prospect, MLex has learned. Senior ministers were briefed by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox today on options for a mechanism to allow the UK to terminate the Irish backstop in the event that negotiations on a long-term settlement with the EU broke down. The Cabinet will meet again before any agreement with the EU is finalised. (MLex)



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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