Senior Tories rule out early challenge to PM BBC

·         Senior Tories have ruled out changing their rules to allow an early challenge to Theresa May’s leadership, but have asked for more clarity about how long she will remain in office.

·         Under current rules, MPs cannot hold a new confidence vote in her leadership until December – 12 months on from last year’s vote which she won.

·         The 1922 Committee rejected bringing forward this deadline at a meeting.

·         But chair Graham Brady said MPs asked for a “clear roadmap” about her future.

·         Last month, Mrs May pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement with the EU.

·         The BBC’s political correspondent Iain Watson said although the PM was “technically safe” in her job until the end of the year, it was clear MPs wanted her to leave “sooner rather than later”.

McKee death ‘shows need to solve Irish border issue’ BBC

·         The death of journalist Lyra McKee shows the need to “find an answer” to the Irish border question in the Brexit talks, Emily Thornberry has said.

·         The shadow foreign secretary urged ministers to accept that a customs union with the EU was the way to avoid a hard border and preserve peace.

·         Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington rejected a link between the border or customs arrangements and the murder.

·         Treasury minister Liz Truss said it was “very wrong” to connect the two.

·         Prime Minister Theresa May, President of Ireland Michael D Higgins, Taoiseach (Irish prime minister) Leo Varadkar and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn were among those who attended Ms McKee’s funeral in Belfast.

·         She was shot dead on Thursday while observing rioting in Londonderry.

 

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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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