Today the European Council adopted the agreement reached between the British Government and the European Commission on 8 December on the first phase of the Brexit negotiations. This opens the way for phase two discussions on the transition period and negotiations on the UK’s future relationship with the European Union will begin in March 2018.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “The decision by the European Council today comes as a relief to British businesses. Discussions can now begin on the transition period and our future relationship with the EU. We urge negotiators to reach a decision as soon as possible on the transition period to give creative businesses time to prepare.

“We welcome the European Council confirmation of their desire to apply the whole EU aquis during the transition period and to establish a close relationship with the UK. We are engaging with government and our European counterparts in the creative industries to ensure Britain remains an open and valued partner in Europe.”

The agreement was welcomed by members of the Federation's International Council, who highlight that the decision will impact the flourishing of creative industries across Europe just as much as in the UK. 

But they also warn that there is still significant uncertainty, with many important decisions yet to be made, such as on the circulation of creative works, cultural exchange, rights, and payments. They urge both the UK government and European Commission to now progress as quickly as possible to reassure creative enterprises across Europe that their significant economic, social, and cultural contribution will not be diluted.

The views of our European partners will be a central theme of the Federation’s Brexit Conference on 15 March in London. The conference will also provide practical business advice and valuable insights on how to prepare for Brexit in a landscape of uncertainty. To join us please register here.

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