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  • UK voter support for free trade hits extraordinary levels

    A survey of UK voters’ attitudes towards Brexit published on March 21 shows both far higher approval of free trade with the other 27 EU countries after the UK leaves than is seen for free trade in any other EU country. Perhaps more surprising, the survey shows little difference in attitudes towards trade those voting for Brexit and those voting to Remain.

  • Brexit “will require up to 15 new laws” even before it will happen

    The UK government will need to enact up to 15 new bills and thousands of pages of secondary legislation in addition to a centrepiece Great Repeal Bill over the next two years, research on Brexit practicalities from an independent think-tank revealed on March 20. The UK typically enacts about 20 significant new laws a year.

  • Brexit practicalities offer lots of traps for May’s programme

    The UK government has signalled it will trigger its EU renegotiation process around the end of March.

  • 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 Britain’s handling of trade which threaten to complicate further its preparations for leaving the EU.

  • “UK government has done no economic assessment of leaving EU with no deal”: UK Minister for Brexit

    The British government has not carried out no assessment of its Prime Minister’s threat to leave the EU without reaching a new deal since the Brexit vote, said the government minister responsible for managing Britain’s exit programme on March 15.

  • UK media continue worries over post-Brexit Customs efficiency

    UK media began carrying increasingly nervous stories in March about Britain’s ability to handle the flow of imports and exports after the UK leaves the EU in spring 2019.

  • 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.

  • Political and public opinion move against UK government’s “no deal” option

    In a report on UK trade options beyond 2019 published on March 1, the International Trade Committee of MPs concluded on that ‘the “no deal” option should be discounted entirely.

  • 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 the EU after leaving in spring 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.

  • 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.

  • UK reviewing social benefit restrictions on EU migrants

    The UK will limit access to social benefits for EU migrants arriving after Britain leaves the EU – generally expected in spring 2019 – it was reported on February 26.

  • UK accepts significant EU immigration “for years and years” after Brexit

    The UK will continue to allow substantial EU immigration “for years and years” after Brexit – generally expected in spring 2019 – the country’s Brexit minster admitted on February 21.

  • UK imports from China and near-shore boom after Brexit referendum

    Calculated in square metres of fabric, UK total apparel imports in the last six months of 2016 (after the Brexit referendum and its subsequent sterling devaluation) fell just 0.3% over the same period in 2015.

  • Turkish-Bulgarian border offers UK apparel industry serious warning of life after Brexit

    Lengthy queues at  Kapikule, on Turkey’s side of its frontier with Bulgaria offer a depressing lesson for Britain’s Brexit planners.