Creative industries call to remain part of single market as Federation launches Brexit red lines

June 21, 2017

The Creative Industries Federation, representing the UK’s creative industries, today launches its Brexit red lines.

In the week of the referendum anniversary and beginning of Article 50 negotiations, the seven red lines (available in full here) include:

  • Remaining part of the EU single market and customs union
  • Retaining freedom of movement for EU workers
  • Guaranteeing the rights for EU nationals currently working in the UK

These red lines are a key priority for the creative industries which are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy, worth more than oil and gas, aerospace and life sciences combined. Providing one in 11 jobs, the sector will be vital to driving growth post-Brexit. 

John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation said: 

“This month’s general election demonstrates that while the UK will be leaving the EU, there is no mandate for a hard Brexit. 

“The Federation’s robust and realistic set of red lines are essential in securing a Brexit outcome that works for Britain’s creative industries and all other major sectors of the UK economy. 

“We are working tirelessly across government, from Number 10 to the Department for Exiting the European Union, to ensure the best outcome across the entire sector is secured.”

The Federation’s other Brexit red lines are:

  • Continue to influence the shape of the EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM)
  • Maintain a robust and properly enforced IP regime
  • Maintain reciprocal market access for the distribution of UK and EU Member State film and TV productions and audio visual services
  • Continue to participate in EU programmes, such as Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+


Notes to editor

For more details, contact Isabel Collinson on 07933 164 592 /

About the Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation is the national organisation for the UK’s  creative industries, arts and cultural education.

Our Brexit red lines should be taken in the context of our Brexit report, available here.

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