The Federation's Red Lines on Brexit
The creative industries are the fastest growing part of the UK’s economy. They contribute over £100bn in GVA and employ 1 in 11 people. They are world-beating, attract top international talent, and unlock innovation.
The free movement of goods, services, capital and people enjoyed as a result of EU membership have underpinned the sector’s success. Our current ability to attract talent, tour freely, and trade on our doorstep is vital to the creative industries. This is why 96% of our members intended to vote to remain ahead of the referendum.
Given the events of the last weeks, we believe that it's important to state that our red lines for Brexit, and the priority areas for the UK's world-leading creative industries, have not changed. Since the referendum, we have been working with government and with industry to fight for the best possible deal for the creative industries following Brexit. A ‘no deal’ and ‘bad deal’ would be disastrous for the creative industries, as demonstrated in our recent paper with Bates Wells Braithwaite.
Whatever eventualities the country faces in the coming months, it is of fundamental importance that we achieve the following outcomes to ensure the future success of our sector. Clarity on these outcomes and on the transition period is needed as quickly as possible so that creative organisations and individuals can prepare.