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.

Brexit hopes of Artist’s Resale Right demise may be premature – but it could be amended

05 April 2017

In ATG’s coverage of Brexit in the past year, we regularly asked which EU-inspired law we could most live without. Unanimously the response was Artist’s Resale Right, a royalty on the resale of art hammered above €1000.


Remainer makes his own Brexit to the Netherlands

05 April 2017

Some people who voted Remain at the EU Referendum last year have been dismayed at the Brexit outcome and have dreaded the triggering of Article 50, formally notifying the EU of the UK’s intention to withdraw.


Irish art on the road to recovery

18 March 2017

Private buyers hold strong in Dublin despite Brexit concerns keeping northern dealers at bay

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Art and antiques trade welcomes clarity from Theresa May's Brexit speech

18 January 2017

Prime Minister Theresa May laid out the government’s Brexit plan this week giving some clarity on how it will leave the European Union.


ATG letter: Let’s talk about Brexit

14 January 2017

On an unrelated but more important subject, I am delighted to see the current debate on ivory getting so much coverage in the Gazette, but concerned about the minimal discussion recently about the possible effects of Brexit on the antiques trade.

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Irish trade dealing with the UK pin hopes on Brexit bounce and sterling’s fall in value

13 October 2016

The Irish antiques trade is hoping that Ireland will experience a ‘Brexit bounce’ to compensate for any negative impact when the UK, Ireland’s chief trading partner, leaves the EU.

Victoria Borwick MP: ‘Brexit an opportunity to recast laws affecting UK art market’

01 September 2016

The antiques industry now has the chance to influence any rethinking of laws that have compromised its trade as the UK heads towards Brexit, the MP Victoria Borwick said this morning.

Scott Diament president and CEO of Palm Beach Show Group

Post-Brexit partnership: BADA joins forces with Palm Beach Show Group

18 July 2016

Members of the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) will stand at the upcoming New York Art, Antique and Jewelry Show as part of a new partnership between BADA and The Palm Beach Show Group.

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Gallery brings forward exhibition of British modernist in light of EU referendum

12 July 2016

James Hyman Gallery opened an exhibition of William Gear's works yesterday, several months earlier than planned, in a reaction to Brexit.

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Triple threat: Three major fairs hold steady in the wake of Brexit concern

08 July 2016

It is two weeks since the first of the three major London summer fairs opened. With all three now concluded, ATG looks back on a summer season acknowledged as surprisingly successful.

London dealer Roger Keverne

Keverne: trade should seize Brexit moment

06 July 2016

Roger Keverne, London dealer in Chinese ceramics and works of art and chairman of Asian Art in London, believes the Leave vote is the moment for the art market to re-examine some of its more onerous laws.

Henry Moore at Christie's Defining British Art

Christie’s British art auction survives Brexit and sets £22m record for Henry Moore sculpture

01 July 2016

A series of blue-chip consignments from different sectors of the market helped Christie’s ‘Defining British Art’ evening sale in London last night to a £99.5m total including premium. The auction offered paintings by major names including Joshua Reynolds, John Constable, Stanley Spencer, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon but it was a Henry Moore sculpture that led proceedings, selling at £22m.

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Market rides Brexit fears at Sotheby’s Contemporary art sale as major record set for Jenny Saville

29 June 2016

Fears that the Brexit vote would seriously impact the art market were partially allayed last night as Sotheby’s Contemporary art sale delivered robust results.

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Our post-Brexit wish list and concerns: dealers and auctioneers hopeful that Artist’s Resale Right will be reviewed  

24 June 2016

Art and antiques dealers and auctioneers are already compiling a wish-list for the industry in the wake of last week's UK vote to leave the European Union.

EU Referendum… how will the art and antiques industry adapt to a Brexit economy?

15 June 2016

With just over a week to go till polling day, we asked dealer and auctioneer representatives to speculate on how both sides will adapt to any uncertainty generated by a vote to Brexit