Please see below for today’s key Brexit items:

  • Xavier Bettel, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, has warned Theresa May and the rest of the UK Government that there will be no renegotiation of a new Brexit deal if MPs decide to reject one (if achieved) by Theresa May. This comes in light of yesterday evening, where Theresa May suffered her first legislative defeat in the House of Commons over a key amendment of the Brexit bill which ultimately grants MPs a right to delay Brexit through having a vote on the final deal. (Independent)
  • David Davis managed to avoid being held in contempt of Parliament over the lack of Brexit impact assessment papers. John Bercow publicly criticised the actions of the Secretary of State, but had not found any actions that met the required threshold as to hold him in contempt. The actions of David Davis were also disapproved of outside the House, with the Institute of Government thinktank describing his actions as showing “a disregard for the principle of making decisions based on thorough evidence and analysis”. (Guardian)
  • Donald Tusk has warned that the next stage of EU talks will test the unity of the bloc “more than ever” (Telegraph)
  • The Bank of England has stated that the level of confidence among households and businesses is likely to be supported by the progress made last week by Theresa May. The Prime Minister convinced the bloc that sufficient progress had been made in order to progress to the next stage, with the Monetary Policy Committee citing the event as one that would “reduce the likelihood of a disorderly exit”. (BBC)

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.