Brexit update: what's happening during this transition period?

January 17, 2020

With the Conservatives now having a majority of 80 in the House of Commons following December’s snap election, the EU withdrawal bill will become law this month and the UK will exit the EU on January 31st, 11pm. 

However, this is not the end of negotiations. The future relationship between the UK and EU is still to be negotiated and, without a comprehensive agreement that addresses key issues such as IP, data, mobility and services, the impact of Brexit on the sector will be much like that of a no-deal Brexit. This is a particular challenge given that the government has committed not to extend the transition period that will expire at the end of this year.

During the transition, the UK will still be bound by EU law and will still benefit from its existing trading and mobility arrangements. However, it will not be part of the EU’s political institutions or take part in its lawmaking activities.

EU citizens who arrive in the UK after January 31st but before the end of the year will be eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme before the end of June 2021. This will enable them to retain their existing rights to live, work and study in the UK. Similarly, organisations who successfully apply for EU funding during the transition (such as through Creative Europe or the European Regional Development Fund) will still receive money granted. 

Given the likelihood that only tariff-free access on goods will be negotiated by the end of this year, there are particular risks to the creative industries in accessing international talent and the ability to tour and collaborate with EU counterparts. It is vital that the government reforms existing immigration rules to take an industry-led approach in determining entry-criteria for long-term workers and that temporary workers are given the flexibility they need to work across the UK and Europe. 

If you have any questions about the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, or want to submit a case study or quote to support our campaigning around global talent and the immigration system, please email Hari.

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