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Textiles Scotland Update on Brexit

07-Feb-2018 2:49 PM | Kimberley White

Textiles Scotland is a Federated Member of the UK Fashion & Textile Association. This brings many benefits to our members including a 50% subscription discount on direct membership of that organisation.

UKFT have taken a leading role in making representations to the UK government with regard to industry concerns over the progress of Brexit negotiations with the EU.

In late November last year, at the request of the then Minister for Trade, Mark Garnier MP, UKFT Chairman Nigel Lugg bought together a group of leading industrialists to meet the Minister at the House of Commons to discuss the industry's concerns. The group included companies making for the automotive sector, a company making leading edge carbon fibre products for a wide range of applications including the aerospace industry, the largest textile manufacturer in the UK, footwear companies, a leading designer, a multinational global brand, a manufacturer and supplier of textiles into the hotel and healthcare sector, a supplier of uniforms to the emergency services, one of the largest fashion suppliers to the UK and a small high-end accessories manufacturer.

In January, UKFT met on several occasions with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and with members of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. It was noticeable that at all the meetings the Civil Servants were keen to understand the industry’s concerns over the impact of Brexit at a much more granular detail than previously.

UKFT’s CEO, Adam Mansell, has also met with the EU’s Head of Representation to the UK to discuss the industry’s concerns over the exit from the EU and the contents of a new trade deal. UKFT were able to demonstrate that the UK industry and the EU industry were aligned on all issues of importance and the Head of Representation agreed to feed UKFT’s views to the EU’s negotiating team.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select (DCMS) Committee has published its report, with input from UKFT. 

Read it here: The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market

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