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British Fashion Council ramps up Brexit lobbying

The British Fashion Council (BFC) will hold a further series of Brexit roundtables in the run-up to and after London Fashion Week on 17-21 February, as it steps up pressure on the government to support the industry.

The first roundtable, on 15 February, will be with a working party of retailers and brands and will specifically focus on the challenges and opportunities around international tariffs. The second, on 28 February, will look at the challenges and opportunities around visas and movement of people.

Another roundtable attended by Matt Hancock MP, the minister for digital and culture policy, will take place at a date yet to be confirmed.

Meanwhile, the BFC’s annual designer survey, the results of which will be published in March, will include questions specific to Brexit.

“As we head into London Fashion Week and the world’s eyes are upon us, our political standing and the effects of Brexit on our industry are more relevant than ever,” said BFC chief executive Caroline Rush.

“London Fashion Week is a global platform to raise awareness and amplify our point of view.”

Last week, the British Footwear Association set out its position, priorities and recommendations for leaving the EU. The group said maintaining a free trade agreement with the EU and global markets was a priority.

The culture, media and sport select committee is holding an inquiry into the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.

Drapers’ written submission to the inquiry was published in December. It was based on our survey of more than 300 fashion businesses and stakeholders, including multiples, independents and brands, to determine the most pressing concerns surrounding Brexit, and where there may be room to negotiate a better deal.

Read the survey findings here

The BFC is now seeking case studies “to bring to life specific industry challenges around IP, skilled workers, and tariffs”. If you would like to take part, email





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