Brexit 'red lines' issued by Creative Industries Federation

Brexit 'red lines' issued by Creative Industries Federation

The Creative Industries Federation has issued its Brexit "red lines” in the week the Article 50 negotiations formally begin.

The top three priorities for the creative industries, which provide one in 11 jobs, are remaining part of the EU single market and customs union, retaining freedom of movement for EU workers and guaranteeing the right for EU nationals currently working in the UK. These are key priorities for the creative industries consituting “red lines” which shouldn’t be crossed, the federation said.

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

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.”

On first day of Brexit negotiations yesterday (19th June), chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier made it clear that Britain cannot dictate the timing of negotiations and the UK’s secretary of state for exiting the European Union, David Davis, agreed to park discussions on free trade until they had thrashed out the cost of the multibillion-euro UK divorce settlement, reported The Guardian.

A talent drain if EU nationals are no longer allowed to work in the UK following Brexit is a key concern for the book trade, publisher have previously told The Bookseller.