Transitional deal on freedom of movement is essential for creative industries

September 06, 2017

John Kampfner, CEO of the Creative Industries Federation, responding to the leaked Home Office paper on immigration, said:

"A transitional arrangement allowing freedom of movement to remain after Brexit is essential to give creative businesses reliant on international talent time to adjust. It is concerning that the leaked Home Office report indicates no such arrangement will be implemented.

"It is crucial the needs of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy and other sources of 21st century employment are reflected in any new immigration system.

"That is why the Federation is working with the Migration Advisory Committee to demonstrate the specific post-Brexit needs of the creative sector. We urge government to ensure that any industry consultations are reflected in government immigration policy and positioning on Brexit.

“The Federation is publishing a report in October on how a new visa system can help secure the future success of the creative industries which return four times the GVA of the automotive industry, six times as much as life sciences and nearly 10 times that of aerospace."


Notes to editors

John Kampfner CEO and Caroline Julian, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, are available for interview / further comment on this and Brexit more widely. Please contact Isabel Collinson for more details.

About the Creative Industries Federation
The Creative Industries Federation is the national body for the UK’s creative industries, arts and cultural education. We represent over 1,000 companies, organisations and individual practitioners, working in every part of the sector - from film and video-games through to architecture and creative tech. 
The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy. They contribute £87 billion in GVA and employ one in 11 people.

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