• Jo Johnson quits as minister over Brexit: Jo Johnson, a transport minister and brother of Boris Johnson, has resigned from the UK government over its handling of the EU divorce talks and called for a second referendum. Mr Johnson said that MPs were being asked to vote for either “vassalage” or “chaos” and that it was “imperative” to “go back to the people”. (FT)

 

  • Military ties will endure even if no-deal Brexit, says UK military chief: The head of the UK’s armed forces, General Sir Nick Carter, said the strong military ties between Britain and its closest European allies would endure despite the political turmoil unleashed by a no-deal Brexit. General Carter, who took up his post as chief of the defence staff in June, said he was confident that the UK’s military-to-military relationship with EU allies would not be affected, even in the event of a no-deal outcome. (FT)

 

  • Brexit deal not dead despite DUP warning, says Lidington: Theresa May’s de factor deputy, David Lidington, has insisted the government remains confident it can get its Brexit deal through parliament, despite the Democratic Unionist party warning it is prepared to vote it down. Speaking in the Isle of Man, where he was attending a meeting of the British-Irish Council, Lidington said he believed a “new dynamic” would emerge once MPs saw the full text of the proposed agreement. (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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