Apparel Sourcing Intelligence - Worldwide

9th November 2020

UK publishes list of its new trade deals

The countries with which Britain will have its own trade deal on December 31 account for less than 1% of its clothing imports. So if it really does exit its...

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6th November 2020

Britain’s National Audit Office predicts Brexit chaos

Britain’s trade with the EU will face “significant disruption” whether or not a trade deal is agreed with Brussels, Britain's National Audit Office concluded in a November 6 report

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17th October 2018

US confirms intent to start trade talks with EU, UK and Japan

The White House announced on October 16 it would start trade talks with the EU, Japan and the UK in 2019. Talks would begin in 2019. With the EU and...

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15th April 2018

Trump U-turns again on TPP. EU just presses on with TPP’s key members

The Trump administration's stances on the TPP in April probably established an all-time record for policy U-turns. The TPP's major members, though, made real progress with the EU Trump's wobbles...

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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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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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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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4th February 2017

UK government White Paper gives broad Brexit issues outline

On February 2, the UK government issued a White Paper (WP) claiming to outline its Brexit plans. Light on detail, the WP is a useful checklist of the issues the...

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