Creative industries body backs May’s Brexit speech

The self-employed top the list of eight Brexit-related areas that a creative body is pressing for further details on from the prime minister.

The Creative Industries Federation (CIF) said that while it welcomed fresh recognition from Theresa May of the challenges faced by the creative industries, movement of freelancers still needed to be addressed.

In particular, how self-employed creatives will travel to the EU to provide their services needs to be enshrined in a “framework,” the federation said.

So what Mrs May said in her Brexit speech in London on Friday – that “bold and creative thinking can deliver new agreements that are in the very best interests” of all of Europe’s people, requires a firming-up in the eyes of the CIF.

But the mere mention of the creative industries will please both freelance creatives and the federation, because in her previous Brexit speech, Mrs May left them out entirely.

“The UK’s creative hub leads to the development of products that European consumers want”, the PM said in her Mansion House speech last week.

“We should explore creative options with an open mind, including mutual recognition which would allow for continued transfrontier broadcasting – recognising the enriching role that British broadcasters and programme makers play, not only in British – but more broadly in our common European – culture.”

John Kampfner, CIF’s chief executive, described Mrs May’s latest Brexit speech as “a significant step in the right direction.”

He also said: “We now need more detail on how close alignment with EU rules and regulations will be achieved.

“The federation looks forward to hearing from government on how it will address the challenges around broadcasting, intellectual property, and the movement of self-employed talent if we are no longer in the single market and customs union.”

As well as the framework for freelancers’ movement, further detail is being sought by the creative industries body on data flow, qualifications, IP, digital, goods-trading and cultural programmes.


5th March 2018

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