Your browser is no longer supported. For the best experience of this website, please upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Latest Brexit news


BRC warns of Brexit ‘knife edge’Subscription

15 March 2019 By

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has cautioned that the UK “stands on a knife edge”, following the vote in parliament to delay Brexit.

Brexit web

Retailers count costs amid Brexit uncertainty Subscription

14 March 2019 By

Retail businesses face “mounting costs with each passing day” that there is no clarity on Britain’s departure from the European Union, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned.


UKFT warns exporters will be hit by tariffs Subscription

13 March 2019 By

The government has failed to protect exporters and manufacturers in the UK by hitting them with tariffs of up to 12% in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has warned. 

Brexit flags for web

Businesses demand Brexit clarity Subscription

13 March 2019 By

Businesses have called for clarity on their future as a no-deal Brexit looms.

Article 50 meeting

BRC meets negotiators to address impact of no-deal Brexit Subscription

6 March 2019 By

The British Retail Consortium and Northern Ireland Retail Consortium have met with the European Union’s Article 50 negotiation team to discuss the impact of a no-deal Brexit on retailers and consumers. 

high street lincoln england

Brexit worries tie consumer purse strings Subscription

5 March 2019 By

Consumer spending dropped to 1.2% in February, from 3.8% in February 2018, as ongoing Brexit uncertainty caused Britons to cut back, new figures have shown. 

Port container ship shutterstock 739896253

Brexit ban on animal products in some ports Subscription

28 February 2019 By

Protected animal products, such as exotic skins and some furs, will be banned from being transported between several major UK shipping ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit, the government has said. 

Shutterstock 401106571

Price rises 'inevitable' in the event of a no-deal BrexitSubscription

26 February 2019 By ,

Retailers and suppliers have said price rises are likely in the event of a no-deal Brexit, as uncertainty about the UK’s trading relationships with the European Union and the rest of the world continued this week.

Brexit flags for web

Long delays expected for work permits Subscription

25 February 2019 By

Businesses will face long delays for work permits in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it has been reported. 


UK will not achieve Japan free trade pactSubscription

22 February 2019 By

The government has confirmed that it will not be able to match existing European Union trade pacts with Japan in the event of a no-deal Brexit. 

Brexit flags for web

Retailers sound no-deal Brexit warning bellSubscription

21 February 2019 By

The leading retail bodies in the UK and Ireland have issued a stark warning on how a no-deal Brexit will affect shoppers.

high street

Consumers say Brexit will not hit spendSubscription

19 February 2019 By

A total of 60% of consumers said Brexit has not affected, and will not affect, their spending habits in 2019, new research has shown.

lfw opening feb 19 cropped

BFC on Brexit: Fashion has never been so important Subscription

15 February 2019 By

As Brexit looms, the UK’s fashion industry has never been so important, stressed Caroline Rush, chief executive of British Fashion Council at the launch of London Fashion Week.

Shutterstock 659946046

May's Brexit brinkmanship spooks international buyersSubscription

13 February 2019 By Drapers Reporters

UK brands have called for clarity around Brexit as continuing uncertainty leaves international buyers cautious at autumn 19 trade shows.

Brexit 3x2

New no-deal Brexit advice released Subscription

8 February 2019 By Olivia Pinnock

The government has issued further advice for businesses in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

Graeme Moran

Comment: Beat Brexit by buying BritishSubscription

6 February 2019 By

Although the dreaded “B” word was a key topic of conversation at the recent edition of menswear-focused trade show Jacket Required, British heritage brand Peregrine helped lift my Brexit fatigue, at least for a while.

imitationgame web crop

The imitation game: fashion's intellectual property crisisSubscription

4 February 2019 By , Illustration by Nathalie Lees

Fashion brands and designers are facing the perfect storm of an upsurge in copying and the post-Brexit loss of pan-European intellectual property protections.

Winchester high street

UK economic outlook at seven-year lowSubscription

31 January 2019 By

UK consumers’ outlook for the economy over the next year is at the lowest level for more than seven years amid Brexit uncertainty, new data shows.


Brexit threat to UK distribution jobsSubscription

29 January 2019 By

The growing likelihood of a no-deal Brexit is prompting British brands to open distribution centres in mainland Europe, leaving UK warehouse operations under threat.

high street oxford street

Brexit tops consumer concerns for 2019Subscription

29 January 2019 By

Brexit is the biggest concern for almost half of British consumers in 2019, new research shows.

Keely cropped for web

Editor's Comment: May must now listen to British businessSubscription

23 January 2019 By

It has now been more than two and a half years since the Brexit vote. Since that fateful day, the UK has been mired in uncertainty and, unfortunately, it is showing no signs of abating.

theresa may

Industry urges government to listen to Brexit concerns Subscription

22 January 2019 By

The fashion industry has called for the government “to start listening” to businesses after prime minister Theresa May announced she will consult companies further as part of her Brexit “Plan B”’.


Online growth hits record low in DecemberSubscription

22 January 2019 By

Online sales growth in the UK dropped to an all-time low of 3.6% in December 2018, capping a rollercoaster year for the digital sector.

theresa may plan b

Theresa May to consult businesses in Brexit 'Plan B' Subscription

21 January 2019 By

Prime minister Theresa May announced that she will engage with businesses during the next phase of Brexit negotiations, as she unveiled her “Plan B” to MPs today. 


Creative Industries Federation calls for second Brexit voteSubscription

17 January 2019 By Tim Clark

The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) has called for the government and political parties to support a second referendum on whether the UK should leave the European Union.

Theresa May

Industry despair at Brexit 'mess'Subscription

16 January 2019 By , Tim Clark

The retail industry has called for certainty after prime minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by parliament last night.

Brexit flags for web

Brexit deal defeat provokes anger from business leadersSubscription

16 January 2019 By

British business groups and companies have reacted with anger, after prime minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal was overwhelmingly rejected by parliament last night.

Exec index

Fashion industry leaders' predictions for 2019Subscription

3 January 2019

With Brexit looming, consumer confidence dwindling and retailers seeking new ways to offer the best experience for shoppers, Drapers speaks to fashion leaders across the industry to see what they predict for the year ahead. 

Oxford street 1

Six challenges fashion retail faces in 2019Subscription

31 December 2018 By

Drapers looks ahead to the big issues that are likely to affect retailers and brands in 2019.

andrew hood

It’s getting harder to find any upside to BrexitSubscription

24 December 2018 By Andrew Hood

Law firm Fieldfisher summarises the main issues keeping business leaders awake at night as we head into 2019

Sajid Javid

Post-Brexit immigration rules revealedSubscription

20 December 2018 By

Skilled workers will have to enter the UK on temporary visas post-Brexit under proposals in a new immigration white paper.

Brexit flags for web

Businesses warn on no-deal BrexitSubscription

19 December 2018 By

Five business groups have urged the government to stop a no-deal Brexit as companies have been “watching in horror” as the UK’s departure from the EU draws closer.

Brexit flags for web

Industry calls for clarity on Brexit deal Subscription

16 November 2018 By Olivia Pinnock

The retail industry has expressed concern that the proposed Brexit deal may not pass through parliament, extending uncertainty for business.

mib forum 2018 speakers

British manufacturing will be ‘driven by innovation’ after BrexitSubscription

9 November 2018 By Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith

Growth in British manufacturing will be driven by innovation and authenticity after the UK leaves the European Union, industry leaders at this year’s Make It British Forum were told last week.

Felixstowe 02

Christmas crush at ports threatens deliveriesSubscription

6 November 2018 By

Fashion brands are at risk of delays to deliveries of stock in the run-up to Christmas and beyond, as a result of a “perfect storm” of congestion at the UK’s largest container ports, a shortage of haulage drivers and impending Brexit pressures.

high street oxford street

Business leaders call for second referendumSubscription

5 November 2018 By

Over 70 business leaders have signed a letter calling for a second vote on Brexit.

Marks & Spencer

Brexit to hit retail profits, Moody's warnsSubscription

24 October 2018 By Tim Clark

The impact of Brexit could lead profits at Marks & Spencer, Debenhams, Next and New Look to stagnate in 2019 as economic headwinds reduce earnings growth, credit rating agency Moody’s has warned. 

179 high street, kensington (i)

Economy set for worst year since financial crisisSubscription

15 October 2018 By

Brexit uncertainties and inflation are to blame for a forecast slowdown in the UK economy, which is reportedly on track for its worst year of growth since 2009.

Harrods front

Harrods profits jumpSubscription

1 October 2018 By

Profits and sales at luxury department store Harrods have jumped for the year to 3 February 2018, driven by growth in menswear, beauty and jewellery.


Brexit deadline hits consumer confidence Subscription

28 September 2018 By

Consumer confidence dipped in September as the deadline for the UK’s departure from the European Union approaches.