Brexit – Citizens’ rights progress reassuring but more clarity needed on transition and trade

December 08, 2017

Government has today reached an agreement with the European Commission on phase one of Brexit negotiations, including the issue of citizens’ rights. This allows talks to move on to the UK’s future trade agreement with the European Union. The Creative Industries Federation welcomes this progress

The agreement will ensure that EU citizens currently living in the UK and UK citizens currently living in the EU27 have the right to stay after the UK leaves the EU. This was a central recommendation in our Global Talent Report. Government must now do all in its power to communicate this clearly to EU citizens throughout the UK as well as their employers. They must provide assurance that any administrative process associated with staying in the UK will be simple, swift and affordable.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: ‘“It’s a great relief that finally, after 18 months, the government and the EU have secured an agreement on phase one of Brexit talks, including on the vital issue of citizens’ rights. It will be an even greater challenge to produce a final outcome that ensures the UK remains as attractive a partner as it’s ever been for others around the world.”

Clarity is also needed on what a transitional period will look like and the objectives for a future UK-EU trade relationship after the UK leaves the EU. This will ensure creative businesses are able to plan for the future. The Federation will publish a Global Trade Report early next year, which will set out the principles that should underpin the UK’s trade agreement with the EU and rest of world. We stand ready to work with government to secure the best possible deal for the creative industries as negotiations continue.

NB: The Federation’s Brexit working group will next convene in early January. This group gives members the opportunity to hear directly from government officials on the progress of Brexit negotiations, as well as to feed into the Federation’s ongoing work. The group is open to all members. To sign up or for more information, please contact



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