Brexit

The referendum in the UK on whether to leave the European Union in June 2016 created a lively debate within the art and antiques industry.

Opinion was divided between those believing Brexit would create opportunities to reform the market once it was outside EU regulations, while others were of the opinion that it would create damaging barriers to trade and the movement of objects across borders.


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Euro will remain the currency for Artist’s Resale Right, says UK government

01 March 2021

The UK government has confirmed to ATG that it has “no plans to make changes to either the rates of Artist’s Resale Right that are applied or how the levy operates” following the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the EU.

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The Brexit effect: Dealers learning to live with complicated new trading rules for the vital EU market

01 March 2021

When Freya Simms presented at a European art market conference in late January, forecasting what dealers should expect in 2021, the LAPADA chief executive illustrated her slides with an image of someone dragging a ball of red tape up the hill.

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Rules Britannia: a guide through the myriad of CITES regulations

01 March 2021

Brexit, CITES, new ivory act on the way… it can be hard for the UK art and antiques trade to keep up with the many regulations. However, the good news is that much of CITES has not changed fundamentally, as this update from expert Kim McDonald of The Taxidermy Law Company reveals

The EU-UK trade deal: what it means for…

01 March 2021

Approved by parliament on December 30, 2020, the long-awaited trade accord between the EU and the UK is an unwieldly 1300 pages long.

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Brexit case study: ‘The hassle factor is enormous’ – Daniel Crouch Rare Books

01 March 2021

One of the pleasures of Daniel Crouch’s work life has been buying trips to the Continent – for the serendipity of making contacts as well as the chance to handle the goods.

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Brexit case study: ‘We’ll absorb the extra cost’ – Butchoff Antiques

01 March 2021

Butchoff Antiques sells fine quality English and Continental furniture, mirrors and objects from its 3000 sq ft Kensington Church Street showroom and increasingly online.

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Interview: ‘Patience is a virtue when it comes to Brexit’ says dealer William Thuillier

01 February 2021

A flexible attitude and eclectic tastes have kept William Thuillier dealing in pictures for 40 years

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Brexit deal retains Artist’s Resale Right as part of level playing field

18 January 2021

The UK has agreed to follow the existing Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) regulations under the Brexit trade deal that came into effect earlier this month.

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Shipping & delivery: New world border

14 December 2020

Deal or no-deal, logistics firms are as prepared as they can be for any eventuality for Brexit post-December 31

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Brexit: Imports and Exports from January 1

14 December 2020

A number of changes will affect the import and export of goods from January 1, 2021, when items moving between the UK and the EU will have to undergo customs formalities and border control, like any other country.

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Trade fears axe of VAT-free shopping for tourists after Brexit

26 October 2020

A government plan to end VAT-free shopping for international visitors next year will impact the UK art and antiques trade, say dealers.

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2020 vision

23 December 2019

For better or worse, Brexit is finally set to proceed and will be a major factor in the year ahead – as will timed auctions, anti-money laundering rules, the looming prospect of a near-total ivory trade ban, antiquities challenges and a new buying ethos based on cultural sensitivities, changes at major fairs and a growing ‘green’ movement.

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Manifesto watch: a raft of pledges have been revealed ahead of the general election

06 December 2019

This week ATG is summarising some of the key promises from the main three parties that could affect the art and antiques trade. The third in the series published here is the Liberal Democrats' manifesto.

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Manifesto watch: political parties reveal a raft of pledges ahead of the general election next week

05 December 2019

This week ATG is summarising some of the key promises from the main three parties that could affect the art and antiques trade. The second in the series published here is the Labour Party's manifesto.

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Manifesto watch: Ahead of the general election next week, political parties have revealed a raft of pledges in their manifestos

04 December 2019

This week ATG is summarising some of the key promises from the main three parties that could affect the art and antiques trade. The first in the series published here is the Conservative Party's manifesto.

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Another Brexit delay? Non, merci!

18 November 2019

The latest delay to Brexit was not a source of cheer for overseas vendors at the ABA’s Chelsea Rare Book Fair on November 1-2.

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Government increases number of ports for CITES-listed natural history specimens ahead of no-deal Brexit

19 September 2019

Defra has added Dover and the Eurotunnel to the list of ports that will accept the import and export of CITES-listed natural history specimens.

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Irish dealers pitch environmental credentials to win VAT-free status ahead of Brexit

17 September 2019

The Irish Antique Dealers Association has written to Ireland’s finance minister to press for VAT-free status as a green retail business, to relieve them of the 13.5% value-added tax they currently pay.

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Antiques firms urged to register for EU trade permit as potential no-deal Brexit looms

03 September 2019

Trade associations are urging their members to apply for the required permit to continue importing and exporting with EU countries following Brexit on October 31.

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Fresh government warning ahead of Brexit for import and export of CITES-listed natural history specimens

22 August 2019

Defra has issued a fresh warning for the antiques trade on the import and export of CITES-listed natural history specimens ahead of Brexit.

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