Creative Industries Federation has published seven ‘red lines‘ to help put the creative industries high on the agenda for Brexit negotiations as they start in Brussels this week.

The document offers a distilled version of the federation’s Brexit Report, which was published last October and identified critical issues for the creative industries, arts and cultural education as the UK leaves the EU.

Within the document, the Creative Industries Federation state: “We appreciate the country’s decision to leave the European Union, but reject the political rhetoric that ‘no deal is better than a bad deal’. Both a ‘no deal’ and ‘bad deal’ option would be disastrous for the creative industries. We also reject a ‘hard Brexit’, which we believe will be damaging to the sector.”

It adds: “Any deal must embody an international and domestic vision. Britain must become a global-facing nation that inspires creativity and imagination worldwide. At home, it must enable its people and their communities to flourish. We believe that the creative industries are fundamental to achieving this vision.”

The red lines are as follows:

  • Guarantee the rights for EU nationals currently working in the UK.
  • Retain freedom of movement for (a) EU workers, (b) those in education, and (c) touring exhibitions, shows, musicians and their support teams, to continue to showcase creative talent and keep costs down.
  • Remain part of the EU single market and customs union.
  • Continue to influence the shape of the EU’s Digital Single Market (DSM).
  • Maintain a robust and properly enforced IP regime.
  • Maintain reciprocal market access for the distribution of UK and EU Member State film and TV productions and audio-visual services.
  • Continue to participate in EU programmes, such as Creative Europe, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+.

The Creative Industries Federation – of which a-n is a member – is the national body for the UK’s creative industries, arts and cultural education. It currently has over 1,000 members.

Britain’s Brexit negotiations will be a key focus of CIF’s inaugural International Conference, taking place on 12 July in London.

Read the full Creative Industries Federation Red Lines on Brexit

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