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24th May 2017

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...

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22nd May 2017

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...

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24th April 2017

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. Throughout March and April, the British government had begunn grasping the sheer scale of the...

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7th April 2017

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. They differ...

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31st March 2017

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,...

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31st March 2017

“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...

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27th March 2017

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...

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16th March 2017

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...

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8th March 2017

What’s the Chinese for hogwash?

“China must be ready to face [the] growing trend of protectionism” said its Premier Li Keqiang on March 5. Well, he should know. Time after time, whichever political parties have...

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1st March 2017

UK Government: “Prepare to leave EU without a free trade deal”

The UK government was reported on March 1 to have instructed its departments to have plans ready for governing if Britain fails to secure an adequate free trade deal with...

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28th February 2017

This isn’t a good time for developing new sourcing strategies

The speed the sourcing environment's changing, you'd think this is a good time for a new strategy. You'd be wrong. No-one knows yet how Britain's options will develop On February...

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27th February 2017

UK policy on post-Brexit migration begins to emerge. But pro-Brexit groups claim “betrayal”

Towards the end of February, more clarity began to emerge about the UK's policy on migration from the EU after it leaves in spring 2019. Most commentators agree that uncontrolled...

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