British Fashion Council chairwoman fears for future of industry
Brexit is causing uncertainty for the £32 billion UK fashion industry, the head of the British Fashion Council has warned.
Designer Alexa Chung said she was worried about the possible impact of limits on freedom of movement for creative workers as a result of EU withdrawal.
Speaking as London Fashion Week began, BFC chairwoman Stephanie Phair told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “It is the uncertainty that makes it difficult for the industry to figure out how to plan for Brexit in their strategies.
“It is an industry that is complex. It requires manufacturing abroad, designing here, reshipping abroad. It is a mix of goods, services and talents.
“So what we are talking to government about is really frictionless borders, tariff-free access to the EU and the ability for talent to move, the free movement of people. We continue to have these conversations.”
Ms Phair said she was “optimistic” about ensuring visas continue to be avail- able for models and other top talent.
Asked about the impact of Brexit on her multinational operations, Ms Chung told the programme: “This is something that I have fears about. Our warehouse is in the Netherlands, there are British people in here, but we also have lots of talented people from all over the world, so that worries me.
“I think it takes that kind of melting pot of cultures and perspectives to make something creatively interesting so if that is limited then I am sure it would have an impact on what we are making here.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen. I do have concerns for my business and how that is going to fare.” that they did not plan to employ the legal assistance mechanism and send any requests to Russia,” he said.
“It is London’s official stance and we regret to say that it is impossible to make any assumptions.
“In case we receive an official request from London, it will definitely be considered in strict accordance with the law, there is no doubt about that.”
In their RT television interview, the two men, who gave their names as Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, said they had visited Salisbury as tourists and had nothing to do with the attack on the Skripals.
Their claims were dismissed by Downing Street as “lies and blatant fabrications”.
Ministers have made clear they have little expectation of being able to extradite them from Russia to stand trial in the UK.
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