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What Will Happen To The Fashion Industry After Brexit And What Does A No Deal Brexit Look Like?

Updated: Mar 12, 2020



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Did you know you will need a passport with 6 months or more left to travel inside Schengen? Do you import without authorised economic operator status? We decided to open this newsletter with this key advice, as it is imperative in our opinion that our community is aware of the potential changes coming to how you manage your business and the admin costs (and delays) this might incur.


For the general preparation pack, provided by the Department of International Trade, please click here.


  1. Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit in the event of a No Deal Brexit (NDB): UK passports with less than six months to run will not be accepted for travel in the Schengen area – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/travelling-to-the-eu-with-a-uk-passport-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

  2. UK Settlement Scheme: https://www.gov.uk/settled-status-eu-citizens-families?step-by-step-nav=0c79b832-75de-4854-8154-d62774a8dfb8

  3. Home Office Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-outlines-no-deal-arrangements-for-eu-citizens


  1. eCommerce: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ecommerce-eu-exit-guidance

  2. VAT for businesses in the event of a NDB: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/vat-for-businesses-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

  3. See page 25 of the DIT presentation: You will still be able to use the EU VAT registration number validation service, but UK VAT registration numbers will no longer feature on it. HMRC is developing a system to validate UK VAT numbers should there be a no deal.

  4. International VAT guidelines: http://www.oecd.org/ctp/international-vat-gst-guidelines-9789264271401-en.htm

  5. EORI numbers (for businesses trading with the EU who wish to continue trading in the event that the UK exits the EU without a deal): https://www.gov.uk/guidance/get-a-uk-eori-number-to-trade-within-the-eu#information-youll-need-to-apply-for-an-eori-number

  6. Customs procedures in the event of a NDB: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/customs-procedures-if-the-uk-leaves-the-eu-with-no-deal

  7. Imports into the EU from outside the EU: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/importing-goods-from-outside-the-eu

  8. Supply chains: please see page 47 of the DIT presentation for supply chain impacts, p100 for information about changes to transit systems and p113 for information about warehouse storage.


  1. IP and Brexit (the facts) guidance – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ip-and-brexit-the-facts

  2. Patents: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/patents-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

  3. Trademarks and Designs: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/trade-marks-and-designs-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/trade-marks-and-designs-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

  4. Copyright: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/copyright-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/copyright-if-theres-no-brexit-deal

  5. Exhaustion of rights – the UK will continue to recognise the EEA exhaustion regime, but there is no guarantee of reciprocation from the EU: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/exhaustion-of-intellectual-property-rights-if-theres-no-brexit-deal


  1. eCommerce: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ecommerce-eu-exit-guidance

  2. Horizon 2020 funding in the event of a NDB: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal/horizon-2020-funding-if-theres-no-brexit-deal–2

In addition, please see below for the the links in relation to data:

General guidance in the event of a No Deal – https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-and-brexit/data-protection-if-there-s-no-brexit-deal/

Six steps for businesses to take to prepare for a No Deal Brexit – https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisations/documents/2553958/leaving-the-eu-six-steps-to-take.pdf


The GLA have set up an online Brexit hub for businesses, which brings together advice, links and regular updates in this rapidly evolving space.

To access it, please click here.



Committed to carrying on business as usual from April 2019? As there is no agreement in place for continuing economic relations with the European Union, companies and entrepreneurs need to make their own contingencies to avoid delayed arrivals and extra costs.

Being a mere six weeks away from exiting the UK’s most important trading market forced some to take action. Warehouses have been rented and loaded with supplies to ensure manufacturing can continue, while others have relocated their offices to the continent. These contingencies require capital investment that some small and medium sized companies and independent contractors simply cannot afford. Apart from mentally preparing yourselves and spending your savings on trying to keep operations running, you will also need to engage. Engage with your suppliers in- and outside of Europe as well as with the relevant regulatory agencies, to ensure you have all necessary information at hand to continue your business.Please click here to read the full article


Could you say how you got into politics: the steps from working for the NHS to being an MP.

I got into politics after the Scottish referendum. I joined my local branch, and I became their women’s officer and then decided to send for Parliament at the next general election.

How do you manage the logistics of the busy schedule: flying in and out of Scotland to London when Parliament is sitting, constituency work, Parliamentary work and your APPGs?

I think the key to managing this is understanding that you’re part of a team rather than doing it all yourself. For example, getting support from the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Fashion and Textiles secretariat is vital in ensuring its efficiency. Also, getting better at rationalising my diary into things that are just essential while balancing work and life can be difficult but is really important for my well-being.

What advice would you give aspiring politicians?

I would advise them to gain experience before coming to parliament in an area they feel passionate about whether that’s fashion, disability, mental health etc. Just gain ‘real life’ experience before entering politics because then you can bring those essential skills to Parliament. For example, I believe that my time working for the NHS has played an important part in this.

You act as Chair for several APPGs, what led you to wanting to set these up and what value do you feel they give to community engagement and action in Westminster?

A combination of my interest in the subject areas and wanting to improve policy has led me to become chair of a number of APPG. It’s essential that these groups are active, gaining best practice and feeding that into government via meetings with ministers and raising important questions and debates in the House of Commons. While most only note that not all of our recommendations are taken forward, many of them are.

As Chair of the APPG for Textiles and Fashion which we effectively relaunched as it was dormant, what do you think we have achieved and what ideally would you like is to work towards for the coming year?

It was vital to reestablish the APPG for textiles and fashion, particularly mid-Brexit because the industry lacked a clear voice prior to this. It brings together cross-party politicians to collaborate with those in the industry and make sure their objectives are taken into account when policies are formed. Over the next year, I want to focus on mental health in the industry, along with disability, inclusion and sustainability. I’m also keen to bring attention to more young designers.

Have you seen a shift in perception of the fashion industry among parliamentarians?

Yes, there’s a surprisingly avid interest that I’ve noted amongst cross-party members regarding the fashion and textile industry. Since becoming chair and raising the APPG’s ambitions in Parliament, I’ve found widespread support for these aims across the house.

The EAC interim report was pretty damning of much of the sector, what more can governments do to safeguard and create a sustainable business?

It’s key that consumers have flair labelling so that they are aware and can choose ethical fashion going forward. I’m keen to see whether a traffic light system would work to improve consumer choice and knowledge. I think the industry will find that the key to their sustainability is taking these issues forward because consumers today demand ethical products, from workers who are paid adequately alongside the products overall value.

Lastly, Brexit: any thoughts?!?

With Brexit and following recent discussions in our APPG meetings, I would say we need a clear policy on intellectual property rights now more than ever, especially in regards with passporting goods and services and expanding the UK fashion and textile industry internationally.

THE ENVIRONMENT AUDIT COMMITTEE REPORT ON FASHION LAUNCHES TODAY WITH KEY RECOMMENDATIONSAfter a series of committee hearings, written and oral evidence and much research, the Environment Audit Committee today releases it’s full report. Here we share the EAC’s key recommendations and 18 conclusions and recommendations and below a link to the full and comprehensive report.

The key recommendations to Government include:

· A charge of one penny per garment on retailers and producers that could raise £35 million to pay for better clothing collection and recycling in the UK;

· Reforms to taxation to shift the balance of incentives in favour of reuse, repair and recycling to support responsible fashion companies;

· Mandatory environmental targets for fashion retailers with a turnover above £36 million;

· A penalty for fashion firms who fail to report and comply with the Modern Slavery Act;

· Lessons on designing, creating, mending and repairing clothes should be in the school curriculum.

Next steps

They ask you to share the report on your social media channels and use the hashtag #EACFixingFashion

The Government is required to respond to our report within two months. To find out what they say follow the committee on Twitter @CommonsEAC.

Introduction – fashion & sustainability

1. We want to see a thriving fashion industry in the UK that provides decent work, inspires creativity and contributes to the economic success of the UK. The fashion industry’s current business model is unsustainable, especially with growing populations and rising levels of consumption across the globe. Over-consumption and climate change are driving widespread environmental damage. The exploitative and linear business model for fashion must change. The various parts of the fashion industry must come together to set out their blueprint for a net zero emissions world. This will require reducing their carbon consumption back to 1990 levels. Given scientists’ stark warnings on climate change and biodiversity loss, we need to fix fashion.

The social cost of our clothes

2. We were shocked by the treatment of Missguided’s auditors. If this is how factory owners treat potential customers, we dread to think of the conditions endured by their workers.

3. ‘Made in the UK’ should mean workers are paid at least the minimum wage in a safe workspace. It is unacceptable that some workers in the UK making clothes for fast fashion retailers are not paid the minimum wage and are suffering serious breaches of health and safety law in their workplaces. We support calls from the Director of Labour Market Enforcement for a more proactive approach to the enforcement of the national minimum wage. HMRC’s National Minimum Wage team needs greater resourcing in order to increase their inspection and detection work. We also recommend that Boohoo engage with Usdaw as a priority and recognise unions for its workers. We recommend that textile retailers operating internationally follow the example of Asos, H&M, Esprit and Inditex in signing up to Global Framework Agreements. These put in place the highest standards of trade union rights, health, safety and environmental practices, across the retailers’ global operations, regardless of local country standards.

4. There must be more transparency in supply chains and there is a strong case for the Modern Slavery Act to be strengthened. The current requirement to produce a statement does not ensure that action is taken by big retailers and even this is not adequately monitored. The Government should publish a publicly accessible list of all those retailers required to release a modern slavery statement. This should be supported by an appropriate penalty for those companies who fail to report and comply with the Modern Slavery Act. This will increase transparency and require the establishment of formal monitoring of whether statements comply with legislation.

5. The Companies Act 2006 requires that a statement be made on human rights issues in a company’s Annual Report only ‘where necessary’. This system lacks accountability and places too much reliance on companies to self-disclose. We recommend that the Companies Act 2006 be updated to include explicit reference to ‘modern slavery’ and ‘supply chains’. Statements on a business’ approach to human rights in its supply chain should be mandatory as part of the Annual Report. The Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Corporate Governance Code and UK Stewardship Code, and the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) listing rules should likewise be amended to require modern slavery disclosures on a comply or explain basis by 2022. If this is not possible then a Corporate Duty of Vigilance Law, as in France, should be considered. Fashion retailers must not be allowed to turn a blind eye to labour and environmental abuses in their supply chains. Retailers should be investing in technology that allows them – and their customers – to track where their materials and products are sourced and made. We recommend that the Government strengthen the Modern Slavery Act to require large companies to perform due diligence checks across their supply chains to ensure their materials and products are being produced without forced or child labour. We also recommend that Government procurement should be covered by the Modern Slavery Act.

6. We recommend that the Government works with industry to trace the source of raw material in garments to tackle social and environmental abuses in their supply chains. Digital technology is widely used in other supply chains. We do not understand why a modern high-tech industry like fashion does not have these systems already in place. Some companies told us they can trace their materials down to Tier 4 suppliers. This begs the question – if one can do it, why can’t all? This first step is essential if fashion is to tackle its waste, water, chemical and carbon footprint. This also reduces the opportunities for sub-contractors to take their cut along the supply chain.

7. We are unwittingly wearing the fresh water supply of central Asia and destroying fragile ecosystems. Consumers can play their part by avoiding products with premade rips and tears and seeking sustainable or organic cotton wherever possible. Governments should oblige retailers to ensure full traceability in their supply chains to prove decent livelihoods and sustainably sourced materials.

8. The Government should facilitate collaboration between fashion retailers, water companies and washing machine manufacturers and take a lead on solving the problem of microfibre pollution. Ultimate responsibility for stopping this pollution, however, must lie with the companies making the products that are shedding the fibres. Further research needs to be carried out into how design can be used to limit emissions of synthetic fibres and the lessons applied quickly. The need for more research should not be used as an excuse for inaction by retailers. Fashion retailers should be testing new synthetic garments for fibre release and publishing figures.

9. More research also needs to be carried out urgently into the occupational health risks of working with synthetic fibres. The Government should ask the Health and Safety Executive to review the evidence and take action accordingly. Manufacturers must be mindful of potential risks now and should seek to reduce the exposure of garment workers to airborne synthetic fibres.

10. Gaining a full picture of the impact of different fibres is important so that businesses, consumers and policymakers can decide on the most effective solutions. The work that WRAP has done to document the impact of fashion consumption and bring businesses together to share best practice and facilitate change is commendable. However, WRAP has faced significant funding cuts, with budget allocation reducing from £56 million in 2009/10 to less than £10 million for 2017/18. The Government must ensure that WRAP’s Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP) is adequately funded to provide its services to any retailer that wants to improve its sustainability performance – regardless of its size. Post 2020, SCAP target ambitions must increase. To ensure the scheme continues we recommend that retailers pay for the funding of SCAP. This should ideally be included in the Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme. This should happen whether or not an EPR scheme is introduced. This could be set relative to revenue with discounts available for SMEs. SCAP does not currently include any commitments to reduce microplastic pollution from synthetic garments. Post 2020 SCAP should include new targets following the Ecodesign Directive, including reducing microplastic shedding.

11. Members of SCAP have made some progress in reducing their carbon and water consumption, but action has not been swift enough on reducing waste. We are disappointed that just 11 fashion retailers are signatories. These improvements have been outweighed by the increased volumes of clothing being sold. A voluntary approach has failed. A retailers’ commitment to SCAP targets should be seen as a ‘licence to practice’. We recommend that compliance with SCAP targets should be made mandatory for all retailers with a turnover of more than £36 million–a threshold in line with the Modern Slavery Act. This should be done under a new Extended Producer Responsibility Scheme. The Government needs to provide clear economic incentives for retailers to minimise their environmental footprint. It should implement the EU’s Ecodesign Directive in the Circular Economy Package into UK law in its Resources and Waste Strategy and upcoming Environment Act.

12. A kneejerk switch from synthetic to natural fibres in response to the problem of ocean microfibre pollution would result in greater pressures on land and water use – given current consumption rates. Encouraging a move from conventional to organic cotton and from virgin polyester to recycled PET (in garments designed to minimise shedding) could help to reduce the impact of the clothing industry. We recommend that the Government reforms taxation to reward fashion companies that design products with lower environmental impacts and penalise those that do not. The Government should investigate whether its proposed tax on virgin plastics, which comes into force in 2022, should be applied to textile products that contain less than 50% recycled PET to stimulate the market for recycled fibres in the UK. As part of the new EPR scheme, Government and industry should accelerate research into the relative environmental performance of different materials, particularly with respect to measures to reduce microfibre pollution.

13. While incineration of unsold stock ‘recovers’ some energy from the products, it multiplies the climate impact of the product by generating further emissions and air pollutants that can harm human health. Incineration of clothes made from synthetic fibres may release plastic microfibres into the atmosphere. Climate changing emissions will have been generated when the products were created and more CO2 will be produced when they are burnt. The waste hierarchy suggests that reuse and recycling comes first. This should be a priority means of dealing with unsold stock. Incineration should only be used as a last resort where there is a health and safety case for destroying the stock. The Government should ban incinerating or landfilling unsold stock that can be reused or recycled.

14. Our desire for fast fashion, fuelled by advertising, social media and a supply of cheap garments, means we are disposing of over a million tonnes of clothes every year in the UK. Under the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the UK is committed to ‘to ensure sustainable consumption and production’. We need to reduce the environmental footprint of the UK’s textile production and consumption. To do that, we need to reduce textile waste, improve resource efficiency and reduce the carbon emissions and water footprint of the clothes we buy. We need to simply buy less, mend, rent and share more. To support this we recommend that lessons on designing, creating, mending and repairing clothes be included in schools at Key Stage 2 and 3. The creative satisfaction of designing and repairing clothing can offer an antidote to the growing anxiety and mental health issues amongst teenagers. As well as providing a space to promote creative expression, the skills learnt can also provide a potential pathway towards job opportunities.

15. The Government must end the era of throwaway fashion. It should make fashion retailers take responsibility for the waste they create by introducing an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme for textiles and reward companies that take positive action to reduce waste. A charge of one penny per garment on producers could raise £35 million for investment in better clothing collection and sorting in the UK. This could create new ‘green’ jobs in the sorting sector, particularly in areas where textile recycling is already a specialist industry such as Huddersfield, Batley, Dewsbury and Wakefield in West Yorkshire. The Government’s recent pledge to review and consult on how to deal with textile waste by 2025 is too little too late. We need action before the end of this parliament (2022).

16. The Resources and Waste strategy should incorporate eco-design principles and offer incentives for design for recycling, design for disassembly and design for durability. It should also set up a new investment fund to stimulate markets for recycled fibres.

New economic models for the fashion industry

17. We need new economic models for fashion which are based on reducing the material consumption associated with growth. The Government should explore how it can support the sharing economy. The Chancellor should use the tax system to shift the balance of incentives in favour of reuse, repair and recycling to support responsible companies. The Government should follow Sweden’s lead and reduce VAT on repair services.

18. Retailers must take responsibility for the social and environmental cost of clothes. They should use their market power to demand higher environmental and labour standards from suppliers. Offering rental schemes, lifetime repair and providing the consumer with more information about the sourcing and true cost of clothing are all measures that can be more widely adopted. Shifting business practice in this way can not only improve a business’s environmental and social impact but also offer market advantage as they respond to the growing consumer demand for responsible, sustainable clothing.

Peter Andrews, Head of Sustainability at the British Retail Consortium said:

“It’s welcome that the committee has agreed with our calls for better Government enforcement of labour rights in factories to support the work retailers are doing on this, and to strengthen the Modern Slavery Act.”Please click here to read the full report


The launch of the Women Leading in AI (WLinAI) Manifesto packed Committee Room 17, in the Palace of Westminster. Hosted by Jo Stevens MP and led by WLinAI co-founders Ivana Bartoletti, Allison Gardner and Reema Patel, the event brought together leading (female) figures in the tech sector to welcome the 10 Principles of Responsible AI. The document outlines 10 actions on how AI should be legislated and adopted, in order to “build an AI that supports our human goals and is constrained by our human values”.

The stronger the presence of AI in our day-to-day lives, the more vulnerable we are to bias present in the algorithms, especially if algorithms are being used to approve or reject loans, screen job applications or to inform social workers. Algorithms rely on data, and when the decisions being made by algorithms is on human lives and interactions, the data used for predictions is a record of how people have interacted in the past and of how society is structured. And it is no surprise that power hierarchies and social dynamics work exist and that people are privileged for simply for having certain characteristics. The challenge becomes how to deconstruct bias in the data so that AI can be an effective tool to improve our lives.Please click here to read the full article


The French philosopher Denis Diderot defined the ‘fourth wall’ as an imaginary barrier that divides an audience from the world in a theatrical play. This barrier forms a setting to transport the audience into an imaginary world, away from the real world. Diderot’s concept of a ‘fourth wall’ can be used as a metaphor for the role of advertising in present-day economic system of production, distribution and consumption. There is an enormous disconnect between what Barthes calls real garment (produced) and used garment (consumed) as the represented garment (advertised/distributed) fails to mediate the truth between the producer and the consumer.Please click here to read the full article


Last Friday afternoon, the press was abuzz with news that Boohoo had plans to implement a ‘wool ban’.

In a statement that seems to use the word ‘knowingly’ to suspicious effect, the brand announced that “as of AW19/20, we will not knowingly source any wool products”. PETA’s Director of Corporate Projects, Yvonne Taylor stated “PETA is toasting boohoo group’s compassionate, business-savvy decision to scrap wool. Kind shoppers agree that no jumper or scarf is worth kicking, punching, and killing gentle sheep on the shearing floor, and we’re urging other retailers to follow boohoo’s forward-thinking example.”

From a brand that was declared as “failing to commit” by the Environmental Audit Committee in its recent investigation of British fashion brands, this move would be considered a real step in the right direction, yes?Please click here to read the full article


We are currently collating evidence for our next paper. Your voices are intrinsic to our work at Fashion Roundtable. Our surveys are designed to collate your opinions, perspectives and worries and include them in the dialogues with policymakers. Each of our surveys feed into our white papers, such as the The Impact of Brexit on the Fashion Industry, which has been widely read and shared by politicians, policy makers and the media and highlights the key concerns for the industry.

Have your say in the issue of representation in the fashion industry, on body image and identity politics in the sector. Share your experiences as a fashion assistant or voice your concerns over sustainability.Please click here to view surveys




Fashion Roundtable Workshop

Confused by what on earth is happening in the ever-shifting quicksand of UK, EU and Global Politics; panicked by Brexit anxiety and what this means for you and your career; sick of feeling undermined and overlooked? Want to smash the glass ceiling; want to understand what politicians are saying and how this will affect you and what you can do about it?

Our Fashion Roundtable workshop will cover fashion, sustainability and policy, Brexit and our work on A Fashionista’s Guide to Politics, as well as worker’s rights, women’s rights, decoding the BAME and women’s pay gaps and define what these mean for you, want to stand out in public life, as well as how you ensure you are heard, understood, seen and valued, then this workshop is for you.

Led by CEO and Founder of Fashion Roundtable Tamara Cincik and our EU Expert Eszter Kantor (coming over from Brussels where she works on EU policy), this workshops aims to answer these questions.Please click here to view tickets.


Colèchi Wednesday, 20th of February 2019 6pm – 8pm WeWork 41 Corsham St 41 Corsham Street, N1 6DR, London

CAN I SELL A LUXURY PRODUCT?As a creative, do you ever wonder if your product fits into the luxury market? Especially since 2018 saw a huge shift in how we define luxury. “Few of the brands that are routinely characterized as luxury brands still fall within the traditional bounds of the term.” – The Fashion Law –

If the big brands have altered the perception of luxury, what does it mean for smaller businesses in the luxury market?

At this Colechi Monthly, right in the middle of Fashion Week, we will talk about what it takes to start and maintain a luxury brand in the fashion or creative industry right now in 2019. We’ve selected speakers who live and breathe the industry to discuss the truth about the word ‘luxury’; from funding and sourcing materials and being ethical.Please click here to view tickets


Fashion Assistants x Fashion Roundtable x BECTU

Monday, 25th of February 7pm – 9pm BECTU Sector Office 373-377 Clapham Road, London, SW99BT

Come and find out how what you have in common can be used to motivate CHANGE

New year, new union.

@fashionassistants and @fashionroundtable have set up a meeting with @bectu about seeking a way to help people just like us. The assistants and more senior freelancers in the fashion, make up, hair, PR, buying, photography (the list goes on) industry need representation for the issues we find ourselves constantly discussing, whether that’s the late payments, the non payments, the abuse and simply knowing your rights as an individual.Please click here to view tickets


Fashion Revolution in partnership with Fashion Open Studios

Tuesday, 26th of February 10am – 11am Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor – The Maiyet Collective Knightsbridge London, SW1X 7RJ United Kingdom

How do we fix the mess of the fashion industry? Looking at challenges facing the issue from imminent effects of Brexit and climate change, over-production, over-consumption and waste to fair wages and working conditions for garment workers.

Moderated by journalist and campaigner, Bel Jacobs with practical ideas from an expert panel:

Bozena Jankowska, Designer

Tamara Cincik, Founder and CEO, Fashion Roundtable

Jemma Finch, Co-Founder, @StoriesBehindThings

Tamsin LeJeune, Founder and CEO, Common Objective

Ticket price includes refreshments.Please click here to view tickets


The Maiyet Collective

Saturday, 2nd of March 2019 11am – 12pm Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor – The Maiyet Collective Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7R

Tamara Cincik of Fashion Roundtable will share their experiences in how to connect the fashion industry to the corridors of Parliament. This is a hands on workshop talking about everything from environment, diversity and sustainability to Brexit, and the Environmental Audit Committee’s investigation into fast fashion and how the fashion industry can lobby to create lasting change.Please click here to view tickets


Tamara Cincik will be a part of this panel event.

Thursday, 5th of March 2019 6:30pm – 8pm Room 106, Gordon House 29 Gordon Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1H 0PPPlease click here to view tickets



Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs This guidance outlines how the UK will continue to comply with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

It explains the different rules that will apply.

CITES-listed species are listed in Annexes A to D of the EU Wildlife Trade Regulations.

Species in Annex A have the highest level of protection. You’ll still need to apply for a certificate to use an Annex A specimen commercially.

Annex B, C and D species can currently be freely traded in the EU.

The main change will be that you’ll need CITES permits to move CITES goods between the UK and the EU for species listed in Annexes B to D.Please click here for more information


House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

The DCMS Committee’s Interim Report, “Disinformation and ‘fake news’” was published in July 2018. Since the summer of 2018, the Committee has held three further oral evidence sessions, inviting UK regulators and the Government to give oral evidence, and we received a further 23 written submissions. We also held an ‘International Grand Committee’ in November 2018, inviting parliamentarians from nine countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Ireland, Latvia, Singapore and the UK.

Our long inquiry into disinformation and misinformation has highlighted the fact that definitions in this field matter. We have even changed the title of our inquiry from “fake news” to “disinformation and ‘fake news’”, as the term ‘fake news’ has developed its own, loaded meaning. As we said in our Interim Report, ‘fake news’ has been used to describe content that a reader might dislike or disagree with. US President Donald Trump has described certain media outlets as ‘The Fake News Media’ and being ‘the true enemy of the people’.

We are, therefore, pleased that the Government accepted the recommendations in our Interim Report and, instead of using the term ‘fake news’, is using ‘disinformation’ to describe “the deliberate creation and sharing of false and/or manipulated information that is intended to deceive and mislead audiences, either for the purposes of causing harm, or for political, personal or financial gain”.Please click here for more information



Joysy John, Ella Duffy and Hannah Owen for Nesta Blogs

The historic relationship between women and tech is not dissimilar to a tale about a pair of star-crossed lovers. Once upon a time, the computing industry was dominated by women, historian of tech Marie Hicks explains in a video we’ve made in collaboration with BBC Ideas

Male technocrats entering the profession in the late 60s forced a break-up that flipped the gender of the field, with effects that are still felt today. Dame Shirley, a pioneer in computing, had to go by the name ‘Steve’ to ensure she (and others like her) could continue to programme software. Software from her company went on to build the black box flight recorder for Concorde!

We want more women to shape cutting-edge technologies like artificial intelligence. Heartbreak of this kind should become a thing of the past Please click here to read the full article


Benjamin Kentish, Shehab Khan, Samuel Osborne and Zamira Rahim for The Independent

Emotions ran high at the Parliamentary Labour Party’s weekly meeting as MPs reeled from the resignation of seven of their colleagues.

Ian Austin – a prominent critic of Jeremy Corbyn – told journalists gathered outside that he believed more people are considering taking the same course of action as those who splintered from the party on Monday morning at a surprise press conference.

Another politician described the meeting as a “complete and utter waste of time”.

Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Gavin Shuker, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey, Angela Smith and Chuka Umunna have all resigned the whip, in what is being seen as the most significant split in British politics since the breakaway of the Social Democratic Party in the 1980s.Please click here to read the full article

Labour: Watson tells Corbyn he must change direction to stop party splitting Deputy leader urges shadow cabinet reshuffle, saying he no longer recognises his own party

Rowena Mason and Jessica Elgot – The Guardian

Labour’s deputy leader, Tom Watson, has told Jeremy Corbyn that he must change direction or face a worsening Labour split after seven MPs quit to form a new movement in the party’s biggest schism in nearly 40 years.

Watson’s emotional intervention came as a number of Labour MPs were poised to follow the founders of the new Independent Group – and after reports on Monday night that some Conservatives were also ready to defect.

Saying that he sometimes “no longer recognises” his own party, Watson urged Corbyn to ensure Labour remains a broad church and reshuffle his shadow cabinet to reflect a wider balance of MPs.

The announcement of the group founded by Luciana Berger and Chuka Umunna represented the most significant challenge to party unity since the “gang of four” senior figures quit to form the Social Democratic party in 1981.

But on a day of drama, recrimination and occasional chaos, Corbyn loyalists derided the MPs as fringe figures who were out of touch with the public.

Umunna directly appealed to MPs from other parties to join the new movement, with attention focused on whether Conservative MPs Anna Soubry, Sarah Wollaston, Nick Boles, Heidi Allen and at least one pro-EU minister could jump ship, if Theresa May heads towards a no-deal Brexit.Please click here to read the full article and watch the video

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