?Most of us thought 1 January 2021 would bring clarity for manufacturers around the world annually exporting $25bn of clothes to the UK - their fifth biggest customer. Britain had finally left the European Union (EU), and the two began to trade under the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA). It sounded like nothing was going to change, says Mike Flanagan, who now believes almost every aspect of importing and exporting clothes in the UK is going to get a lot worse.