If the UK votes to leave the European Union on June 23, there would be significant impact on the fashion industry, which would be felt by manufacturers, brands, agents and retailers alike. To shine some light on the arguments for and against, Drapers and UKFT Rise are hosting a debate in London on May 25.
The evening event in London will bring together speakers from the worlds of fashion and politics. Confirmed panellists include former Arcadia Group chief executive and Tesco clothing boss John Hoerner, founder of footwear brand Mahabis Ankur Shah and Tory MP Damian Collins.
It will explore some of the issues raised in our feature this week, which exposes the deep uncertainty and anxiety many fashion industry players feel about the upcoming referendum. Some are worried that trade agreements would have to be renegotiated, there would be changes to duties and taxes and there could be a knock-on effect on the cost of doing business. Others believe we would be free to trade more freely with the rest of the world and liberated from reams of red tape.
The debate will take place at the RBS Auditorium, 280 Bishopsgate, from 6.30pm. Join us if you would like to hear the arguments for and against leaving the EU from a fashion industry and wider perspective, and/or share your own views. Book tickets here