Bri­tish Fash­ion Coun­cil chair­woman fears for fu­ture of in­dus­try

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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.

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL FLAVOUR: Man­nequins dis­played at the Gul­cin Cen­gel pre­sen­ta­tion dur­ing the Mercedes-Benz Istanbul Fash­ion Week

Alexa Chung

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