UK Parliament's impact of Brexit report published

A Select Committee report has called for the UK Government to make "it an objective of negotiations to secure the UK’s ongoing participation in Creative Europe".

The report on the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market looks at the potential effects of changes to funding, as well as the regulatory environment and the workforce.

It comes as a result of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee inquiry on the impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.

As part of a dedicated section on Creative Europe, the report notes that many sector and public bodies support staying in the programme: 

"To an overwhelming extent, the evidence submitted from organisations within the creative industries called for the UK to maintain participation in the Creative Europe funding programme. The Publishers Association, the Museums Association, the British Council and PACT all emphasised the benefits that membership of Creative Europe has brought to the UK."

The report highlights a wide range of impacts evidenced from the UK's membership of Creative Europe, including: the UK's "disproportionate" involvement in projects; the benefits of partnerships and its high demand as a partner; and economic impacts such as Creative Europe's function as a catalyst for further investment.

It states that departing from the programme would be a "significant blow", adding: "The limitations of participation experienced by other non-EU members illustrates that reaching agreement may not be straightforward but, equally, neither the UK nor EU member states will benefit from the UK’s departure."

Creative Europe Desk UK submitted written evidence to the inquiry in October 2016 alongside hundreds of stakeholders in the creative and cultural sector, and added supplementary evidence in October 2017.

Read the report on the impact of Brexit on the creative industries.

Image: COLLABORATE! Creative Europe Desk UK Forum on International Working. Credit: Jahel Guerra