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The great fashion Brexit? Why UK designers are decamping to Milan | Milan fashion week

The great fashion Brexit? Why UK designers are decamping to Milan | Milan fashion week

[ad_1] Milan men’s fashion week is where all the big Italian names converge. It’s where Prada dictates what trouser shape everyone will one day be wearing and where Gucci drops the next it-bag. But as the shows got under way at the weekend an unexpected new trend was emerging: the great fashion Brexit. Just four months after making his debut as creative director of Dunhill at London fashion week, Simon Holloway instead chose the Italian capital for the brand’s spring/summer ’25 show. On Sunday he aimed to recreate “the sense of a beautiful spring day in England” by showing in a garden in Milan. Martine Rose, the cult London designer whose clothing riffs on traditional codes of masculinity such as football and club culture, and is loved by celebrities including Kendrick Lamar, has also defected this time. Showing directly after Prada on Sunday, Rose took a prime spot on the schedule, which has more than 80 events and runs until 18 June. David Koma has been showing womenswear in London since 2009 – his glamorous …

Cameron, not Farage, destroyed the Conservatives

Cameron, not Farage, destroyed the Conservatives

[ad_1] David Cameron is back from outer space to tell us Nigel Farage wants to destroy the Conservative Party, that he’s playing “dog-whistle” politics and, we can infer, the Tories ought to run a mile from him. Thus the battle lines of the next leadership contest are drawn. Early advantage goes to elites who will say the party wandered too far to the Right – a view endorsed by a billion deadly dull podcasts made by people who think the Today programme is insufficiently subjective. Let’s put this myth to bed so I never have to write this column again. The Tory party is not Right-wing. It won in 2019 when people thought it was Right-wing, that it would implement Brexit, cut immigration and lower taxes. It is losing now thanks to a record of higher taxes, soaring migration and a Brexit you might think had never happened (unless you try to smuggle a dog into Ulster). Moreover, the Tories are not losing to Reform but to Labour, which is pretending to be low-tax and …

This Labour city backed Brexit and went Tory: what did it get in return? – video | John Harris, John Domokos Noah Payne-Frank and Christian Bennett

This Labour city backed Brexit and went Tory: what did it get in return? – video | John Harris, John Domokos Noah Payne-Frank and Christian Bennett

[ad_1] In the first video of a new series of Anywhere but Westminster, John Harris and John Domokos revisit Stoke-on-Trent, the once-loyal Labour city that went totally Tory in 2019. Has ‘levelling up’ money made up for swingeing local cuts? Will Labour win again? And what do people working hard to turn the place around think  about the future?  [ad_2] Source link

Nigel Farage hopes this Brexit town will finally elect him to Parliament

Nigel Farage hopes this Brexit town will finally elect him to Parliament

[ad_1] CLACTON-ON-SEA, England — This is a little Brexit town, straining against stubborn poverty, alarmed by rising immigration. It’s a faded seaside resort filled with empty arcades and shuttered shops. Ask the locals to describe their home and they often use the word “forgotten,” or an expletive. Clacton posted one of the highest “leave” votes in the 2016 Brexit referendum. About 70 percent of people here wanted to get out of the European Union and “take back control” of their laws and borders. Their member of Parliament then was a co-founder of the Vote Leave campaign. And now, the biggest Brexiteer of them all, super-disruptor Nigel Farage, is running to represent this slice of eastern England, promising to make himself a “bloody nuisance” in Westminster if he wins. Farage appears to have a decent shot in his eighth attempt to become a British lawmaker. (He was elected four times to the European Parliament in Brussels, which he said he loathed.) GET CAUGHT UP Stories to keep you informed As before, right-wing populist Farage is focusing …

In all this noisy election debate, why is there a conspiracy of silence about Brexit? | Andrew Rawnsley

In all this noisy election debate, why is there a conspiracy of silence about Brexit? | Andrew Rawnsley

[ad_1] It is not so much the elephant in the room as the big fat hairy mammoth. Brexit is the most consequential thing the Conservatives have done since the last election. More, it is the most impactful legacy of their 14-year stretch in power. When the histories are written, every other failure of this Tory era will be a footnote compared with that epic folly. With Partygate and all the other scandals on his watch, Boris Johnson recklessly tested Britain’s tolerance for being governed by a prime minster who flagrantly debased standards in public life. With the maxi-disaster of her mini-budget, Liz Truss conducted a deranged experiment that exploded not just in her face, but blew the doors off the country. Ruinous to the Tory party’s reputation as those episodes were, nothing has left a wound as deep, gaping and untreated as that inflicted by Brexit. Yet there’s a conspiracy of silence about it from both the Tory leader and his Labour rival. It did not feature once, not even as an aside, in last …

UK clothing sales to EU plummet as Brexit red tape deters exporters | International trade

UK clothing sales to EU plummet as Brexit red tape deters exporters | International trade

[ad_1] UK exports of clothing and footwear to the EU have dived since Brexit, according to a new study that shows the extent to which complex regulations and red tape at the border have deterred firms from sending goods across the Channel. Exports of clothing and footwear sold to EU countries have fallen from £7.4bn in 2019 to £2.7bn in 2023, helping fuel an 18% slump in sales of all non-food goods exports to countries covered by the EU single market, according to the consultancy Retail Economics and online marketplace Tradebyte. The report said the decline meant British brands and retailers have seen sales to the EU plummet since Brexit, despite a flourishing European e-commerce market. The only sectors to increase export sales over the same period were health and beauty, and DIY and gardening, offsetting some of the fall from clothing and footwear. Many of the worst affected were small and medium-sized businesses, which faced a larger relative burden from red tape than multinational firms. One of the report’s authors, Richard Lim, head of …

Farage, the maverick who inflamed UK’s Brexit vote, returns to haunt the right | Nigel Farage

Farage, the maverick who inflamed UK’s Brexit vote, returns to haunt the right | Nigel Farage

[ad_1] “Thus far, it is the dullest, most boring election campaign we have ever seen in our lives. And it’s funny because the more the two big party leaders tried to be different, the more they actually sound the same,” declared the British anti-immigration populist Nigel Farage as he announced on Monday his intention to stand in the UK’s general election. The 60-year-old anti-EU party leader has failed seven times to be elected to Britain’s Westminster parliament but his entry into the fray – only a week after he insisted he would not stand so he could help campaign for Donald Trump in the US – has dominated a so far lacklustre election campaign at the start of its second full week. It is not certain Farage will be elected this time either, but the chief interest in his decision to return to lead Reform, his political vehicle, is the impact it will have on Britain’s ruling but faltering Conservatives. Under the prime minister, Rishi Sunak, they already appear to be heading for a heavy …

You can blame Brexit for everything now – POLITICO

You can blame Brexit for everything now – POLITICO

[ad_1] And if there’s one thing Brits will never accept, it’s being ruled over by an unelected German. On an unrelated note, this week saw the first anniversary of unelected German Charles III becoming king. Back to Brexit, and no one talks about it anymore. Only joking, everyone talks about it. And in the same way that the EU was a convenient scapegoat in the past for Brits, now Brexit can be used as the bad guy when apportioning blame for pretty much anything. This week, for example, the singer Rufus Wainwright blamed the fact that his musical “Opening Night” had to close early because of mixed reviews and audience antipathy to Brexit (a review in The New Statesman described it as “confusing” and “unloveable,” which coincidentally is how this column is described within POLITICO Towers). “I do feel that since Brexit, England has entered into a darker corridor where it is a little more narrow in its outlook,” Wainwright told The Guardian. He added that there was “a lack of imagination and curiosity about …