Life after Brexit

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The Creative Industries Federation has published its interim Brexit Report, outlining ‘red-line’ issues and with recommendations. Here is AI’s guide to it

The arts cannot only survive the UK leaving the European Union, they can thrive, ac- cording the interim Brexit Report presented to the government last week by the Creative Industries Federation.

But first the creative industries must be put at the heart of government thinking as it develops a new industrial strategy - and tackles the splits in society caused by the referendum in June.

“This is the fastest growing sector of UK economy and includes all the things that Britain is famous for” John Kampfner, CEO of the CIF said. “The challenge is to seize the opportunity sectors in the British economy and prioritise them in future trade deals.

“While the political circumstances are constantly changing, this report produces initial recommendations and explains how the UK’s creative sector currently engages with the EU so that sensible decisions can be made.”

First, the CIF believes Britain should maintain freedom of movement for those working in the creative industries to and from the UK.

It is vital for two reasons, it says: to cover the lack of skills here because of failures on the education system, and the wider diversity of cultural input that ensures the cultural relevance overseas of Britain’s cultural offer. New visa rules should be fashioned to facilitate this, and to ensure that artists such as musicians can continue to travel easily to meet engagements.

The report also wants the government to keep access to EU funding for the arts open. The UK receives more funding through Creative Europe than almost any other country, including from the £80 billion Horizon 2020 innovation scheme.

“It has taken two decades and more to turn our creative industries from an afterthought to a key driver of wealth and global success” said

the designer Sir John Sorrell, the CIF founder and chairman. “To imperil that would be to imperil our wider economy. That is why we need to be at the heart of the new government’s industrial strategy and negotiating priorities in coming months.”

The 73-page report has been com- piled with the approval of the Creative Industries Council, the forum between the government and cultural industries. It draws on evidence from 500 contributors gleaned during 11 meetings held around the country and a members’ survey.

Freedom of movement is essential to maintaining the soft power of the creative and cultural industries, Kampfner told AI, and there are crucial points that need to be taken into account:

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