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Latest Brexit news


No-deal Brexit ‘disastrous’ for ChristmasSubscription

9 July 2019 By

A no-deal Brexit would cause “supply chain chaos” for brands and retailers across the country, international delivery firm ParcelHero has warned, and there are fears it would come at the “worst possible” time for Christmas trading.

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'Brexit uncertainty' blamed for slump in retail sales Subscription

9 July 2019 By

Total UK retail sales fell by 1.3% in June, marking the worst 12-month average since records began in December 1995.


Johnson or Hunt? The fashion industry's verdictSubscription

2 July 2019 By Angela Rumsey

Conservative Party members will be choosing the next prime minister in the next three weeks. Drapers finds out whether Jeremy Hunt or Boris Johnson will be better for the fashion industry.

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Businesses 'unprepared for no-deal Brexit'Subscription

21 June 2019 By

Around 150,000 businesses do not have the paperwork in place that will allow them to continue exporting to the European Union in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of England has warned.

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BRC: October no-deal Brexit would hit retailers hardSubscription

10 June 2019 By Olivia Pinnock

The impact of a no-deal Brexit on retailers would be exacerbated by the October deadline for the negotiations, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) has warned.


British retailers unprepared for BrexitSubscription

30 May 2019 By

Despite retail decision-makers expressing concern about Brexit, 57% are yet to implement a post-Brexit plan.

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Comment: Building bridges with Africa's textile industry after Brexit Subscription

10 May 2019

African fashion sourcing consultant and founder of the social enterprise Africa Fashion Guide, Jacqueline Shaw, discusses the Brexit effect and how a UK alliance with Africa could positively affect the fashion industry. 

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Brexit to slow UK growth for rest of 2019Subscription

29 April 2019 By

Uncertainty over Brexit will cut the growth of the UK economy for the rest of 2019, according to one forecaster.

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Comment: It is time for retailers to be boldSubscription

15 April 2019 By Mary Anderson-Ford

Retailers must take control to survive a perpetually postponed Brexit, says Mary Anderson-Ford, managing director of merchandising recruitment specialist Aqua Retail. 

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Brexit concerns hit all-time highSubscription

15 April 2019 By

Concerns over Brexit among chief financial officers have reached the highest level since the European Union referendum in 2016, new research has found.

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Turkey’s import impasseSubscription

10 April 2019 By

The threat of a no-deal Brexit is leading UK companies to reconsider Turkey as a sourcing destination, but there is still a lack of certainty. 

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Brexit uncertainty ‘crippling fashion industry’Subscription

10 April 2019 By

Retailers have told Drapers they are facing a “perfect storm” of cost rises, a record number of store closures, slumping sales and continued Brexit uncertainty.

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Business confidence lowest since 2012Subscription

9 April 2019 By

Business confidence has crashed to its lowest level since September 2012, amid continued Brexit uncertainty, a new report has shown.

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Consumers continue to waver amid Brexit uncertaintySubscription

9 April 2019 By

Clothing sales survived an overall slump in March, thanks to Mothers’ Day, as Brexit uncertainty continues to negatively affect spending.

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BRC: A perfect Brexit is no longer an option Subscription

8 April 2019

The government must compromise to deliver Brexit and give retailers much-needed clarity, says Mat Morris, external affairs adviser on Brexit for the British Retail Consortium (BRC).

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Comment: Brexit deadlock is a disaster for businessSubscription

3 April 2019 By

Planning for Brexit is like to trying to pack for a holiday with no idea of where you’re going, the method of travel or even what factor of sunscreen you’ll need.


MPs fail to find majority on Brexit alternativesSubscription

2 April 2019 By

MPs have failed to support any alternative to Theresa May’s rejected Brexit deal in a series of indicative votes last night.

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Irish indies: business ‘booming’ in Dublin Subscription

1 April 2019 By

Irish independents have told Drapers business is “booming” again in Dublin, as the weather warms up and companies move their European Union bases from the UK to the city ahead of Brexit. 

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MPs reject May's EU withdrawal agreementSubscription

29 March 2019 By

Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been thrown out by MPs for a third time, creating further political uncertainty for UK businesses.

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UK consumer confidence holds steady Subscription

29 March 2019 By

Consumer confidence in the UK stayed at the same level in March, despite “political chaos” and Brexit uncertainty. 


How retailers and brands are planning to beat BrexitSubscription

28 March 2019 By Drapers Reporters

Over the past two years and nine months, since the UK voted to leave the European Union, the fashion industry has been doing what it can to prepare for an unknown future.

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KPMG slashes UK growth forecast Subscription

25 March 2019 By

KPMG has cut its short-term growth forecasts for the UK following continued uncertainty around Brexit.


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.

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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. 

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Businesses demand Brexit clarity Subscription

13 March 2019 By

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

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.