UK government launches inquiry into the impact Brexit will have on the creative industries

UK government launches inquiry into the impact Brexit will have on the creative industriesa

The UK government has launched an inquiry to examine what impact the UK's vote to leave the EU will have on the creative industries.

As Britain prepares to negotiate what its relationship will be with the EU following the referendum, the inquiry will focus in part on employment within the creative industries post-Brexit. It is calling for written evidence as part of a wider initiative which will also see politicians discuss the vote's impact on the tourism sector and the digital single market.

MP Damian Collins, who will act as chair of the committee, said: "The process of leaving the European Union is one of the greatest challenges that the United Kingdom faces today. The creative industries and tourism are two of the most important sectors in our economy, and we have to make sure that Brexit can become a success for them."

"For this inquiry, we want to examine all of the challenges and opportunities that Brexit could bring," he added. "We have set out some of the specific issues that we will be focusing on, but we want to hear from people and organisations in the creative and tourism sectors on any concerns or ideas they may have relating to Brexit."

The announcement follows on from comments made by Matt Hancock, minister for digital and culture, during his first speech since he took on the position in July.

"Creative industries will be absolutely central to our post-Brexit future," he said during an event organised by the Creative Industries Federation (CIF).

"Economically, because where artistic design intersects with digital capability is the nexus at the heart of the future economy. This nexus of art and technology is how Britain will pay her way in the 21st century."

"We must define Brexit Britain as open and optimistic, gregarious and global, progressive and positively engaged in the world, as Britain is when we are at our best. The creative industries are critical to securing that status," he added.

Earlier this summer the chief executive of CIF, John Kampfner, said that the overall sector's view on Brexit was "widely known," and noted that the group was the "first" to meet with newly-appointed culture secretary Karen Bradley on her first day in office.

"We are on their case, we’re beholden to nobody – we don’t take any government money and we wouldn’t even if we were offered it. We are staunchly independent and proud to be so working with our partners representing the creative industries across the UK," he concluded.

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