The Creative Industries Federation responds to the Brexit White Paper

July 12, 2018

The Creative Industries Federation welcomes the government’s vision for a future partnership with the EU which recognises the importance of the creative industries to the UK economy. However, there remains a lack of detail and conviction in some areas, notably ease of movement.

  • Government’s decision to seek a culture and education accord with the EU is welcome. Continued participation in Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, ease of movement for creative services and touring, mutual recognition of qualifications and tariff-free movement of goods are vital for the creative industries.

  • However, we need to see stronger commitments on participation in Creative Europe and broadcasting, and more details on intellectual property, the definition of “major events” for the temporary movement of goods, the mobility framework and future immigration rules. It is one thing to permit people to come to the UK, but it is quite another to ensure they are valued and able to contribute to our creative industries.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The white paper published today provides some clarity for creative industries across the country. While the UK will no longer be in the single market and customs union, and freedom of movement will end, today’s announcement is a step in the right direction and shows government is listening to the fastest growing sector of the UK economy.

“However, we urge government to clarify its position in a number of areas to ensure we exit the EU with the best possible deal for this sector, which is worth £92bn in GVA and is bigger than oil and gas, automotive, aerospace and life sciences combined. For the sake of both the UK and EU economies, UK and EU leaders must put the interests of our world-leading creative enterprises front and centre of the negotiations.

“With much of the detail yet to be agreed in a very short period of time, negotiations on our future partnership will be extremely difficult. To get this detail it will be essential for government to continue to engage with creative industries right across the UK.”

In recent months the Federation has highlighted the impact on the UK economy and creative industries without ease of movement. This followed the publication of reports and position papers on Global Talent, Global Trade, the country of origin principle, and EU funding.

The Federation will continue to engage with government on behalf of the sector to ensure the best possible deal for the creative industries. The Federation will also continue to explore international opportunities for the sector, including ways in which to improve access to global talent and global markets.

On 9 October, the Federation will hold its International Summit at Milton Court at the Barbican. Early bird tickets are now on sale.

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