Two days to go
If you haven’t heard, there’s a pretty important vote this week in the UK: whether to stay or leave the EU.
This week, we’re bringing you the voice of London-based designers, telling us how they’ll be voting and why. Here’s designer duo SIBLING, whose SS17 collection at LCM was vocal in itself (see it here).
And if you’re still not really sure what the referendum is all about, have a read of this very good BBC guide.
HERO: Are you voting in or out?
SIBLING: IN because SIBLING is about inclusivity and we believe that we are European and being part of a bigger ’squad’ makes us stronger.
HERO: What’s the most important message you think this generation needs to hear about voting in our out?
SIBLING: Firstly and most importantly they should vote! Whichever way they are voting they have a voice and should use it. Voting in will allow us to work on the relationship we have with Europe. It also gives us a bigger voice. After the horrific attacks in Paris and Belgium we need to show strength in numbers. The EU has been at the forefront of human rights and is there to fight prejudice and unfair treatment. OK we agree that perhaps it needs a shake up and that we are looking at things with very EU rose-tinted spectacles but like any relationship worth being in it takes communication from both sides, this is our time to say, “Wait, this works but this doesn’t.” We are already a fragile world when it comes to democracy, why destabilise ourselves further?
“Should we leave there will be the inability to move freely and trade freely with EU countries which, on a very personal level for a small fashion business trading and selling in Europe, is a real worry.”
HERO: What’s the biggest consequence you think is at stake from the vote?
SIBLING: Should we leave there naturally will be a destabilisation of the pound. There will be business who will have no choice but to move out of the UK. Whether we like it or not there will be the inability to move freely and trade freely with EU countries which, on a very personal level for a small fashion business trading and selling in Europe, is a real worry.