Creatives back Brexit implementation period agreement

The creative industries have welcomed the agreement of an implementation period for the UK to leave the EU, saying it provides some “much-needed short-term certainty.”

Also known as “the transitional period,” it will run from March 29th 2019  – officially Brexit day – until December 31st 2020, points out a pleased Creative Industries Federation (CIF).

During it, a set of arrangements now formally agreed between Brussels and London will apply, providing – in the main – a continuation of the status quo for both Britain and the EU.

“The agreement on the implementation period means creative businesses can put their contingency plans on hold,” said the CIF’s chief executive John Kampfner.

“This is a victory for companies across the UK who are no longer staring over a cliff edge and will have more time to adapt to life after we leave the EU.”

He added that the agreement “provides certainty for creative workers arriving in the UK” between March 29th next year and December 31st 2020, as they will have the same rights as they do today.

In a letter to businesses, prime minister Theresa May confirmed: “Your employees can continue to live and work in the UK, and move between the UK and the EU, as now.

“It guarantees that your access to EU markets will continue unchanged, and vice versa. And it means the UK will continue to benefit from the EU’s existing agreements, including its Free Trade Agreements.”

While the agreement applies, the UK will be able to negotiate, sign and ratify its own trade deals, but the nation must remain “in step” with the EU’s rules and regulations, the PM said.

Her letter then flags up changes for some. “We have also reached a reciprocal agreement on UK and EU citizens who move during the implementation period, and the December package of rights will be extended to those arriving during this time.

“However,” it says, “new arrivals will be required to register with the Home Office after three months’ residence in the UK, and those wishing to stay beyond the end of the period will have to apply for leave to remain by June 2021.”

On behalf of creatives, the federation’s Mr Kampfner said: “We need to see rapid progress on what comes after December 2020.

“We have consistently made clear the importance of remaining in the single market and customs union, as well as retaining freedom of movement. This will ensure the UK remains an open and welcoming place to live, work and do business.”

However, although the EU said after the agreement that it wants to have the “closest possible partnership with the UK,” it also said that the UK’s current positions “limit the depth of such a future partnership.”

In European Council guidelines on the framework for post-Brexit relations with the UK, the council even sounded a warning to Britain’s policy officials, saying: “There can be no ‘cherry picking’ through participation in the single market based on a sector-by-sector approach, which would undermine the integrity and proper functioning of the single market.”


28th March 2018

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