• Brexit and Creative Industries

    18 September 2018

    Dear Constituent,

    Thank you for contacting me about Brexit and the creative industries.


    I agree, the creative industries make a valuable contribution to the UK economy. I am assured that Ministers have been working closely with the creative industries to understand the impacts and opportunities presented by the UK's decision to leave the EU. As you mentioned, a significant number of UK workers in the creative industries regularly travel for work in the EU, and similarly there are creative workers in the UK who are from other EU countries. Movement into and out of the UK for the purpose of short term engagement, such as orchestral performances, touring and festivals will continue to be important after the UK has left the EU.


    I know that the Government wants to ensure the creative sector remains a key part of our economy and the UK's world-class arts and cultural organisations continues to flourish. While free movement will end, in its recent White Paper on the UK's future relationship with the EU, the Government set out its intention to come to an arrangement with the EU to allow citizens to travel freely, without a visa, for temporary business activity. 


    Ministers will be setting out proposals for a new immigration system later this year and will be consulting with those in the creative industries, and other businesses, to help determine the future shape of our immigration policy for both EU and non-EU nationals. As part of this process, the Government has also commissioned the independent Migration Advisory Committee to undertake a detailed assessment of the role of EU migration across all parts of the UK economy and society.


    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely,


    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General