Theresa May receives fresh backing for Brexit deal ahead of third Commons vote: Theresa May this morning received fresh backing for her Brexit deal – but still faces a fraught battle to win enough support for her withdrawal agreement ahead of an EU summit this week. In a significant boost for the prime minister, former Conservative chancellor Lord Lamont and ex-Northern Ireland first minister Lord Trimble have both argued there are reasons to support her deal, despite their previous objections. Lord Lamont, used an article in the Daily Mail to warn the opportunity to leave the EU “will never happen again and history will not understand if it is Conservative MPs who prevent us reclaiming our self government”. Prominent Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, the chair of the European Research Group (ERG) of Tory eurosceptics, also signalled he could now drop his opposition to the prime minister’s deal. (Sky News)

However, some opponents to Mrs May’s deal, such as former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, repeated their opposition to her agreement and urged her to go back to the EU again to try to win further concessions: Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mr Johnson described the deal as “detrimental to the interests of this country”. He called on the prime minister to delay the third vote and seek changes to her agreement at a European Council meeting on Thursday. “Unless we discover some willingness to resist, the diet of capitulation seems set to continue for at least two years,” he wrote. (Telegraph)

Philip Hammond has also stated in an interview with Andrew Marr that Theresa May’s Brexit deal will not return to the Commons this week unless it has support from the DUP and Tory MPs. Phillip Hammond also failed to rule out the possibility of a financial settlement for Northern Ireland if the DUP backed the deal.  (BBC News; FT)

MAJOR UPDATE – John Bercow rules out third meaningful vote on same deal, unless there has been substantial change to the Brexit deal: John Bercow’s shock move, which drew immediate criticism from May’s allies, suggested he believed such a fundamental change would involve a renegotiation at EU level rather than clarification of the legal advice written by the attorney general, something that had been suggested this week. The solicitor general, Robert Buckland, said the decision was a “constitutional crisis” and that the government might have to consider the drastic step of ending the parliamentary session early and restarting a new session. (Guardian; BBC; The Independent; Sky News)



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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