The British Fashion Council has reiterated to the government once again that a no-deal Brexit should be avoided at all costs. In a statement emailed to numerous organisations, the BFC explained the extent to which a no-deal Brexit would impact the fashion industry negatively, stressing that it would likely cost between £850 and £900 million.
Ahead of London Fashion Week next week, the BFC held a seminar for designers to advise them on how best to prepare for a no-deal Brexit. Within this, they identified the risks and challenges these business will face in the event of a no deal on 31 October.
In the seminar, they discussed the effects of no deal on the movement of people, tariff-free access to the EU, frictionless borders, intellectual property rules, and funding without the European Regional Development Fund. The BFC concluded that its main concerns for a no-deal Brexit revolve around trade and talent.
When it comes to trade, the problems relate to businesses having to assess the impact of World Trade Organisation tariffs, as it’s not clear who will take on this extra cost (business or consumer); understanding the logistics and time frames regarding the transportation of goods across borders; and the issues with businesses having to conduct VAT claims across 27 different states, rather than the EU as a whole.