• Date for vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal confirmed: Government sources have confirmed that MPs will vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on Tuesday 15 January. The Commons vote was called off last month by the Prime Minister but sources have told the BBC the vote will not be delayed again. It is also understood that the government will set out further reassurances on the Irish backstop issue. (BBC)


  • MPs sign letter to rule out no-deal Brexit: More than 200 MPs from various parties have signed a letter urging the government to take the prospect of a no-deal Brexit off the table. The politicians are from the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, SNP and Plaid Cymru parties and the letter was written by Meriden MP Caroline Spelman and Birmingham Erdington MP Jack Dromey. The group is concerned about the potential effect of a no-deal Brexit on the manufacturing industry. (Sky News)


  • Prime Minister ‘working to get further EU assurances’: Theresa May has said that she is working on getting further assurances from the European Union so she can win the Commons vote on her Brexit deal. The Prime Minister said that after delaying the vote last month, there was “some further movement from the EU” at December’s European Council. She said that further measures would be set out ahead of the vote. However, the EU Commission has said there will be no renegotiation. (BBC)


  • Labour backs cross-party amendment to block no-deal Brexit: Labour is to support a backbench amendment tabled by Yvette Cooper that could restrict the government’s taxation powers unless a no-deal Brexit is taken off the table. The Labour frontbench is likely to whip its MPs to back the cross-party amendment, significantly increasing its chances of success in the Commons. The amendment to the finance bill, tabled over the weekend, has the backing of a number of Labour and Conservative select committee chairs, including Conservatives Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston, Labour’s Hillary Benn and Frank Field, the pro-Brexit chair of the work and pensions select committee. (The Guardian)


  • No-deal Brexit rehearsal tests traffic congestion in Kent: The Department for Transport carried out a live rehearsal of an emergency traffic system that will be put in place to prevent congestion in Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit. However, the Road Haulage Association said that the staged dry run of a contingency traffic plan for the port was “too little too late”. The location for the Department of Transport’s trial was a disused airport north of the Kent port. Under contingency plans, Manston airport will be used as a lorry park for 6,000 vehicles, but only 87 trucks participated in the trial staged at 8am on Monday morning. (The Guardian)


  • Shinzo Abe set to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal on UK visit: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to use a visit to London this week to endorse Theresa May’s Brexit deal. Mr Abe has previously backed Mrs May’s withdrawal agreement as a way of maintaining a stable business environment for Japanese companies which use the UK as a base for trading with continental Europe. He will meet with Mrs May on Thursday. (FT)


  • UK financial services sector shifts £800bn in assets to Europe: Financial services companies have moved almost £800bn in staff, operations and other assets to Europe since the Brexit referendum, according to a report from EY. The study tracked the public declarations of 222 of the largest UK financial services firms over plans to reduce the effect of an uncertain Brexit on operations. EY stated that the £800bn figure could prove “conservative”, as not all of the firms that have revealed Brexit plans have publicly declared the value of their transferred assets. (FT)


  • British manufacturers cite Brexit uncertainty and fears over cyber security: 72% of British manufacturers have cited Brexit as their biggest source of uncertainty, according to a joint survey by EEF, the manufacturers’ trade body, and insurer AIG. 81% of the companies worried about Brexit uncertainty cited exchange rate volatility as a risk to their business plans. The impact of a weaker sterling putting upward pressure on input costs was also mentioned as a risk by a majority of manufacturers. (FT)


  • EU to reassure May with pledge for trade deal by 2021: Theresa May is likely to be offered an “exchange of letters” confirming the EU’s intention to conclude trade talks with the UK by 2021, as Brussels seeks to help the Prime Minister in the run-up to next week’s Commons vote on her deal. The correspondence under discussion would flesh out language already included in the withdrawal agreement but it is hoped its clarity could persuade some MPs of the EU’s intention to avoid triggering the Irish backstop. (The Guardian)

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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