Brexit

Download our full submission on Brexit here.

Our submission to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee's consultation on Brexit's impact on the creative industries was an opportunity to reiterate many key issues for authors and other creators. While we are often asked to consider the potential opportunities of Brexit, we believe that first we need to look at the risks, and to consider how we can minimize them.

Our key points

  • Authors and the UK publishing industry are vitally important to the UK, both in terms of revenues (internal and export) and cultural significance. That must be considered and maintained.
  • We urge that the significance of intellectual property to the creative industries, and the UK economy as a whole, continues to be recognised in the context of future trade negotiations.
  • Economic uncertainty tends to make businesses more conservative and less likely to invest in new talent and ideas, leading to a reduction in cultural diversity. This is extremely concerning, particularly if linked to a closing of our borders to vibrant talent from Europe.
  • We urge the Government to take measures to maintain free movement for creators and performers and free flow of digital information to protect the UK's diversity and cultural heritage.
  • We must invest in funding for translation to maintain a diverse range of literature and understanding of other cultures.
  • The UK has a well-functioning and balanced copyright system. Existing EU regulations and EU Directives that have been transposed into domestic law on copyright issues must be maintained as the UK leaves the EU.
  • The fair dealing doctrine for application of copyright exceptions and limitations (as opposed to fair use) must be maintained after Brexit.
  • EU recommendations for provisions protecting creators should be adopted into UK law.
  • VAT at zero rate should be extended to ebooks.
  • Higher education, arts and translation funding is vital and must be maintained.

Download our full submission on Brexit here.