Fashion Roundtable, the secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Textiles and Fashion, has put forward 11 recommendations to help mitigate Brexit's impact on the UK fashion and textile industry.
The APPG has called for the government to; add garment workers to the Shortage Occupation List for visas and reconsider visa requirements for fashion creatives, as well as reinstate VAT refunds for overseas tourists and extend it to EU visitors. It has also called for the government to address issues relating to the rules of origin, which stipulates that goods sent to the EU can only be tariff-free if they are manufactured in the UK.
It has also urged the government to consider improving the ease with which fashion creatives can travel around the EU for business purposes. As a result, it has called for the ATA Carnets "Admission Temporaire/Temporary Admission", a customs declaration that permits the temporary export of goods or equipment, to be subsided or scrapped. It has also proposed a cabotage exemption for the creative and fashion sector which would mean that large amounts of equipment can be moved across borders easily.
The APPG has called for the government to match the £23m package of export support the fishing industry and provide tax relief for brands who manufacture in the UK.