Russia meddled with Scottish independence vote whilst Brexit involvement still unclear – Reuters

  • Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) has published a report which suggests Russia undertook campaigns to influence the Scottish independence referendum.
  • The UK government has been accused of rejecting the committee’s call for a full investigation into Russia’s interference in the Brexit campaign and vote.
  • The ISC has called for a transparent, unclassified report to be published following heavy redactions in the current report.
  • The committee suggests London is a favourable place for Russian money to flow through due to the limited questions asked about the original source of wealth.

Tory rebels defeated in trying to get Brexit trade deals through parliament – Independent

  • Tory rebels, backed by the Opposition benches, tried to pass an amendment to the Trade Bill to give parliament a say on any Brexit trade deal agreed by the government.
  • The government has been accused of avoiding scrutiny and accountability.
  • There is concern that a trade deal without parliamentary consent may leave the NHS weak to interest from foreign companies as well as undermining farmers and consumers.
  • The amendment may have helped to ensure the NHS remains free at the point of delivery, preserved NHS pay rates and protected the quality of health and care services.

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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