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  • UK and Brexit: May UK walk-out threats real, or pre-election blustering?

    On May 22, the EU announced its timetable and negotiating guidelines for Britain’s exit. EU negotiators have been given a clear brief to demonstrate to the remaining 27 member states that leaving the EU will be an unpleasant experience.

  • EU announces Brexit talks to start around June 19 as UK threatens walk-out

    The EU’s General Affairs Council agreed its timetable and directives for Britain’s exit negotiations on May 22, as the major UK and EU negotiators appeared to take strongly conflicting positions on their content.

  • Britain’s surprisingly hidden boom in apparel exports

    When it comes to apparel-making in Britain, there’s one thing we all think we know: there isn’t very much of it. But Britain’s official trade statistics seem to tell a very different story. 

  • April’s new-found pragmatism drives May to June election

    On April 18, Britain’s Prime Minster, Theresa May, called a general election for June 8.

  • The Brexit and Trump kamikaze wings are trying to kill businesses

    Brexit and the Trump Revolution are often linked. What really unites them is the extraordinarily uncommercial attitude many of their politicians are taking to what real businesses want.

  • UK Parliament posts correspondence about its “collapsed confidence” in Brexit Customs progress

    The UK House of Commons Select Committee on the Treasury has now published the correspondence revealing why it talks about its “collapse in confidence in the successful implementation of the Customs Declaration System” essential to UK apparel imports continuing after Brexit.

  • Post-Brexit customs chaos could choke UK apparel retailers

    On 29 March, Britain’s Prime Minister signed a letter triggering the two-year process for leaving the European Union (EU). Though the negotiations will cover almost every aspect of British life, one issue affects our industry more than any other. Customs

  • “Confidence collapsed” in key UK Customs project for Brexit

    The Chair of a UK Parliament Treasury Committee said on March 31 that “confidence had collapsed” in Britain’s having essential Customs IT infrastructure ready to handle the expected fivefold increase in Customs declarations in time for its planned Spring 2019 EU exit date.

  • Brexit: Northern Ireland “may break away from UK”

    Northern Ireland would have the right to join the EU automatically as part of the Irish Republic if a all-Ireland poll won majority support for Irish union, the British government has said.

  • UK Customs admit: “Any form of customs controls will increase costs”

    An internal March 2016 document within the UK Customs Administration (known locally as HMRC), leaked by Britain’s Sunday Times on March 26, admits that “Any form of customs controls will increase the costs to businesses and consumers of imported and exported products. These costs can be both financial and measured in time/delays.”

  • UK voter support for free trade hits extraordinary levels

    A survey of UK voters’ attitudes towards Brexit published on March 21 shows both far higher approval of free trade with the other 27 EU countries after the UK leaves than is seen for free trade in any other EU country. Perhaps more surprising, the survey shows little difference in attitudes towards trade those voting for Brexit and those voting to Remain.

  • Brexit “will require up to 15 new laws” even before it will happen

    The UK government will need to enact up to 15 new bills and thousands of pages of secondary legislation in addition to a centrepiece Great Repeal Bill over the next two years, research on Brexit practicalities from an independent think-tank revealed on March 20. The UK typically enacts about 20 significant new laws a year.

  • UK hit by EU’s €2 bn bill for “repeatedly ignoring warnings” over trouser tax fraud.

    The UK is facing a €1.98 bn bill from the EU for “repeatedly ignoring warnings”  of tax frauds on imported Chinese shoes and apparel. The case highlights grave systemic complications in Britain’s handling of trade which threaten to complicate further its preparations for leaving the EU.

  • “UK government has done no economic assessment of leaving EU with no deal”: UK Minister for Brexit

    The British government has not carried out no assessment of its Prime Minister’s threat to leave the EU without reaching a new deal since the Brexit vote, said the government minister responsible for managing Britain’s exit programme on March 15.

  • UK media continue worries over post-Brexit Customs efficiency

    UK media began carrying increasingly nervous stories in March about Britain’s ability to handle the flow of imports and exports after the UK leaves the EU in spring 2019.