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Jonathan Hindle, seated centre bottom, addresses the Trade Bill's Public Bill Committee, on behalf of the furniture industry
A lack of clarity on what the post-Brexit system will look like and the effect of a weak pound are among the chief concerns of the UK furniture industry, the British Furniture Confederation told Parliament last week.

 

Giving evidence Jan. 25 on the Government's proposed Trade Bill, chairman Jonathan Hindle put across the views of the industry to the Trade Bill's Public Bill Committee, including Trade Minister Greg Hands MP and Shadow International Trade Secretary Barry Gardiner MP.


"This was an opportunity to take the message to a wider audience of MPs that the furniture industry is not looking for protectionist measures or handouts after Brexit," said Mr Hindle.


"That being said, the Government must provide as much clarity on the UK's trade regime as early as possible so that imports and exports can continue as usual on day one."


The BFC brings together the views of prominent UK furniture trade associations, including BFM, FIRA and the NBF. Mr Hindle told the Committee that "as a pragmatic industry with exporters who already trade globally, the concerns relayed to him [by industry] were about a lack of clarity on what the post-Brexit system will look like, and the effects that a weakened pound could have."


On the key provisions of the Bill, Mr Hindle cautiously welcomed the creation of a Trade Remedies Authority on the condition that it marked a step-change in the policing and surveillance of UK regulations on key standards such as flammability, and strength and stability measures.


He also stated the BFC's support for BSI retaining its membership of CEN and CENELEC, both key European standardisation bodies, as well as underlining how important the enforcement of intellectual property rights is to Britain's furniture and furnishing sector.

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