Small-time dealers fear Brexit could decimate antiques trade in UK

Sector faces ‘logistical minefield’ of customs declarations and VAT codes as stores and markets prepare to reopen

The legion of traders who have indulged Britain’s bargain hunters for decades with their van loads of curios and collectibles from France fear Brexit is about to upend their specialist trade just as open markets and vintage shops are about to reopen.

Importers of everything from farmhouse tables to art deco mirrors and vintage dresses fear they will be stymied by the complicated documentation now required for each item in their van.

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