• Jeremy Corbyn urges Theresa May to cut short MPs’ break for vote (BBC): The Labour leader said the vote on the prime minister’s deal must happen “as soon as possible” even if that means recalling Parliament early from the Christmas break. He said he suspects that the new timing of the vote, now scheduled for mid-January, is “a completely cynical manoeuvre to run down the clock and offer MPs the choice of the devil or the deep blue sea.” Jeremy Hunt said today that he believes a “version” of Mrs May’s deal could pass through Parliament and has urged the EU to “define what temporary is” in relation to the Irish backstop in order to allay the fears of MPs who believe the backstop could continue indefinitely.

 

  • MPs urge Commons veto over post-Brexit trade agreements (BBC): The International Trade Committee said MPs must have a “meaningful role” in ratifying trade deals the UK signs after Brexit, with scrutiny from an early stage and a decisive final vote. The government is not obliged to give Parliament a vote on treaties it signs. However, the cross-party committee is urging the government to operate from a “presumption of transparency rather than secrecy”.
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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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