• Brexit and the Creative Industries

    14 July 2017

    Dear Constituent

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

    I believe that the creative industries are one of the UK’s greatest success stories, contributing over £87 billion to the economy and over £19 billion in exports. Therefore, it is only right that they be given all the support necessary to continue to thrive after we have left the EU.

    As you may know, Ministers have been working closely with the Creative Industries Council, who represent the whole of the creative industries, to understand both the possible opportunities and impacts presented by the UK’s decision leaving the EU.

    A series of roundtable meetings have also been held with businesses and industry representatives from across the creative industries to discuss these matters.

    These have included representations from the music industry regarding touring musicians and crews. I know that Ministers remain committed to working closely with the music sector to ensure that its needs and views are understood.

    Alongside this, Sir Peter Balgazatte is leading a sector review into the creative industries as part of the Industrial Strategy Green Paper which was published in January. This is a vital means of helping to underpin the future prosperity of the creative industries in a post-Brexit Britain.

    Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.

    Yours sincerely


    Mel Stride

    MP for Central Devon

    Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Paymaster General