I was in Parliament last week trying to explain to MP @matthancockmp the potentially devastating impact Brexit will have on the Fashion industry. Just think about the geo history of a typical garment : the cloth is imported to the UK from Italy , then the same cloth is sent to Portugal for dyeing , then back to Italy for cutting , then to Poland for embroidering back to the UK to be sewn , often by European seamstresses, and then is shown on the catwalk in London and then sent to Paris be sold . How is this going to be possible if we don't have free trade and free movement of goods and people between this country and Europe ?
The meeting was just one hour long and only about 8 of us got to speak , about the effect on the foreign students in our colleges , the huge bureaucratic problems getting models into this county , the legislation concerning IP rights , the impossibility of obtaining visas for graduates, but even for these hugely complex topics we got just a couple of minutes each ! So many areas not talked about ! Considering Fashion brings in 28 Billion into the UK economy every year ( more than car manufacturing !) one hour felt just like a token meeting so the Government could say they had listened to the Fashion industry ! There were no government advisors present and no Labour MPs . It just felt like a PR stunt . Brexit will substantially and possibly catastrophically damage the UK fashion industry but yet there is virtually nothing being done to come up with solutions or to really listen to the huge and complex problems we will face . One hour for the 3rd biggest industry in the U.K. is derisory and pitiful ! There needs to be proper consultations and meetings on every aspect of this . Not two quick minutes . With respect , the Government do not understand the Fashion industry at all , how on earth are they going to write the legislation to protect it ? Please write and tell your MP how it will affect you . They do not know and as of now there are no more meetings scheduled!