Thriving After Brexit: Walpole’s EU referendum manifesto

Since last summer’s referendum, Walpole has been working with members to understand the British luxury sector’s position on Brexit.

The outcomes of those discussions have been captured in our report Thriving After Brexit which can be read here. The report captures the sector’s five main priorities and recommendations when it comes to its ongoing relationship with Europe, and aims to find positive solutions to ensure our members’ interests are promoted, represented and protected throughout the negotiations and beyond.

We are briefing policy advisors on our position and working with the Department for International Trade, BEIS, DCMS and the FCO, as well as with key partners, including Visit Britain, The British Fashion Council, the Creative Industries Federation and the CBI.

As founder members of ECCIA (European Cultural and Creative Industries Alliance), we will continue to develop and nurture our long-standing relationships with our European luxury counterparts: France’s Comité Colbert; Italy’s Altagamma; Germany’s Meisterkreis; and Spain’s Circulo Fortuny. To this end, Walpole is currently in Brussels to meet the UK representation there, to participate in a roundtable with Ambassadors from France, Spain, Italy and Germany, and to progress discussions with our partners in the ECCIA.

Of course, Brexit is a highly complex and dynamic process: Walpole’s approach will reflect the continually evolving nature of the changing relationship between Britain and Europe through the triggering of Article 50 and into the negotiations.

We will host a member event towards the end of March to provide an update of our work and will also bring together advisors from Walpole partners to share their perspectives on the business, economic and political outlook. We will circulate further details on the post Article 50 event shortly and hope you can join us. In the meantime, we welcome feedback on the Thriving After Brexit report, and any further comments you have in relation to the sector and Brexit; please email brexit@thewalpole.co.uk to share your thoughts.