Influential photographer urges jewellery industry to share views on Brexit

KNUTSFORD, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 17:  In this photo illustration, the European Union and the Union flag sit together on bunting on March 17, 2016 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The United Kingdom will hold a referendum on June 23, 2016 to decide whether or not to remain a member of the European Union (EU), an economic and political partnership involving 28 European countries which allows members to trade together in a single market and free movement across its borders for citizens.  (Photo by illustration by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Fashion photographer Nick Knight is calling on professionals working in the jewellery and fashion industries to have a voice in the Brexit negotiations.

Knight reveals that at the moment the fashion industry has absolutely no voice within the negotiations and legislation that is currently being written for the UK to leave the European Union.

During an urgently called meeting earlier this week, Knight spoke with head of the Brexit Committee, Hilary Benn MP, who asked Knight to gather as much written evidence as possible to show the impract of Brexit on the UK fashion industry.

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Knight is now called on professionals within this sector to help him with this task.

Those from the jewellery industry interested in having their voice heard need to fill out a form (found here), and email the completed document jack.walker@parliament.uk, looping in tamara.cincik@parliament.uk, damian.collins.mp@parliament.uk and cmscom@parliament.uk.

Knight comments: “Just so you know, parliament do take us seriously, mostly because as a whole we generate 25 billion pounds for the UK economy each year. Our voice desperately needs to be heard and it does feel that they will listen if we engage with the process.”

The photographer encourages individuals to send this form as soon as possible as many other industries have already had the opportunity to be head, but Benn has given the fashion trade a small extension to get submissions in.

“We really need to fight to protect our industry and the things that will affect all of us when we leave the EU are being written down now,” says Knight.

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