Patrick Grant is best known for his role as one of the judges on The Great British Sewing Bee, making his show debut in 2013. The Scottish-born star is also a fashion designer and director of bespoke tailors Norton & Sons of Savile Row, E. Tautz & Sons, Community Clothing, and textile manufacturer Cookson & Clegg.
The 49-year-old reacted to a social media user who shared a post about the UK government’s aim to secure trade deals outside of the European Union.
Posting an image of an advertisement from HM Revenue and Customs, it read: “New trade deals are opening doors for British food and drink in markets like Japan.”
A Twitter user penned: “It will take at least five years for additional sales of food and drink to Japan to compensate for food and drink sales lost to the EU in January alone. Taxpayers should not be paying for such rank disinformation. It’s propaganda.”
Patrick addressed the tweet back in March and revealed that he had lost a lot of business in 2019 due to the lack of “uncertainty” amid Brexit and the government securing trade deals with other countries.
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The Great British Sewing Bee judge explained that his business sales had still not recovered.
In view of his 60,600 followers, he replied: “My business trades extensively with Japan.
“Prolonged uncertainty over future trade arrangements during 2019 meant we lost about half our business there. Post deal it hasn’t come back.
“This is not a new door, it’s the same door, partly closed by Brexit incompetence, now open again.”
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Last year, Boris Johnson’s Conservative government officially signed an economic partnership agreement with Japan.
It was the UK’s first major trade deal as an independent trading nation following Brexit.
Patrick has previously opened up about his decision to sell his belongings when he purchased Norton & Sons.
“I’m not afraid of changing direction. I did engineering and material science at university,” he explained.
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“When I bought Norton & Sons, I mortgaged my house, I sold my car, I pretty much sold everything.”
He added to the Guardian: “All my MBA classmates were off to work in hedge funds and earn a squillion pounds – and I bought an old tailors. Mum was horrified.”
Elsewhere, the BBC judge recently opened up about undergoing a “hellish six months”.
Patrick spoke ahead of the beginning of the latest series of The Great British Sewing Bee.
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He penned: “I’d had the most hellish six months of my life.
“Then I got on set with Joe and Esme and this year’s adorable contestants and all the bad things just went away.”
The judge didn’t elaborate any more on what he was talking about, he was inundated with support following the post.
The Great British Sewing Bee airs tonight on BBC One at 9pm.
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