The potential impact of Brexit on the creative sector is explored in a recent report from the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.

The report highlights concerns and actions including: maintaining access to talent, UK production tax credits, and clarity around regulatory equivalence with the EU.

Key recommendations included:

  • Workforce – need for reliable data on the workforce and its skills gaps, should access to talent not be maintained post-Brexit
  • Immigration – a call for clarity on proposed immigration rules allowing creative sector businesses time to prepare for any new Brexit environment
  • Funding – ease long-term funding concerns with a government mapping exercise into current and future direct European funding streams for creative and cultural organisations
  • Copyright protection – detail on the government’s intentions for copyright protection and enforcement with our European neighbours
  • Country of Origin rules – address the uncertainty around Country of Origin rules framework and contingencies if the existing frameworks ends after Brexit

The committee took evidence in five sessions, including Belfast and the specific issues facing Northern Ireland, 150 written submissions and fact-finding trips to Berlin and Barcelona.

Chair of the DCMS Committee, Damian Collins MP, said

“The UK is a global leader in the creative and digital technology sectors, including telecommunications, and our tourism industry is also one of the largest and most innovative in the world. Our creativity, favourable production tax credits, and the access to talent, all underpin our success in these areas. The challenge of Brexit is to maintain these advantages in a new regulatory environment, and to remove uncertainty for businesses and organisations, in particular those that work from the UK, with employees, suppliers and customers across Europe.

“An honest assessment of likely outcomes of the Brexit negotiations—whether regarding regulatory equivalence or divergence, the workforce or the effects of losing direct EU funding—is needed from the Government.

“London—Europe’s most visited city—is likely to be sufficiently well-established to withstand challenges from other potential European creative hubs, although other major European cities—including Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Dublin—do have ambitions of their own, which should not be under-estimated.

“It is essential that we get clarity of proposed revised immigration rules and reliable data about possible skills gaps.

“British institutions are already missing out on funding. The Government should publish a map of all EU funding streams that support tourism and creative projects.

“Brexit presents challenges for all these industries because of the uncertain nature of the future regulatory environment. The Government should set out as a matter of urgency those areas where it believes that Brexit offers an opportunity for beneficial regulatory reforms, and how it intends to capitalise on any such opportunities. It should also set out where it believes that maintaining equivalence would be the most favourable outcome, for the industries and consumers alike.”

The summary, full report including a downloadable PDF version is available from the UK Parliament website.

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