The UK Government has begun to publish detailed advice for preparing for a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, which will no doubt result in significant disruption to the fashion and textile industry. UKFT are ensuring that all relevant advice by the Government will be published on their website, as well as their own advice and an updated UKFT Brexit Checklist.
Since the EU referendum, the UKFT has been actively and regularly engaging with the Government; from the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP to HM Treasury, the International Trade Select Committee and the Departments for International Trade, Exiting the EU, Culture Media & Sport and Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy respectively.
Additionally, the UKFT have previously and will continue to collaborate closely with organisations such as the Engineering Employers Federation and the Creative Industries Federation. UKFT has also given interviews regarding the potential impact of Brexit on the fashion and textile industry to a variety of national news outlets, including Sky and the BBC. They have also presented at numerous events.
Along with other trade bodies, the UKFT wrote to David Davies in early March 2018 urging the Secretary of State to agree to a transition period to ‘allow business to operate as usual and provide continuity and stability’.
In the months ahead UKFT will continue to:
- Push the industries key requirements around talent, trade, regulation, IP protection and access to funding.
- Lobby the government for support in order to help the industry seize the opportunities that leaving the EU may bring, including significantly increased funding for exports, more support for skill and training and meaningful support for UK manufacturing.
An entire partnership pack can also be downloaded via the UKFT website, including content such as what to expect on day one of a no deal scenario, traders important to and from the EU and Customs, excise, VAT and regulatory changes.
Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, has invited the industry to approach him with any questions or concerns regarding Brexit by emailing him on firstname.lastname@example.org. Adam will also be talking at the informative PCIAW Summit on the 18th of June at The Montcalm, London. His talk will be a frank and honest account that will delve into the impacts and effects of Brexit on the industry as a whole, from textile to finished good with guidance on how your business can address the issues and grow in the new market.
For more information, visit www.ukft.org.