Leaving the EU: Creative Industries

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 6th September 2018.

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Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East 12:00 am, 6th September 2018

What assessment he has made of the effect on the viability of UK creative industries of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The creative industries are a major economic and cultural success story for the UK, contributing £91.8 billion to the economy in 2016. The Government firmly believe that a deal with the EU is in the best interests of both the UK and the EU, and we are working to ensure that the creative industries’ success continues after exit, whether or not a deal can be reached.

Photo of Kerry McCarthy Kerry McCarthy Labour, Bristol East

The Creative Industries Federation is advising its members to prepare for what it describes as the “catastrophic” consequences of no deal, which will mean higher costs, delays, barriers to trading in Europe and, potentially, the loss of employees and access to funding, too. The Prime Minister might think that no deal is not the end of the world, but for many creative industries it could mean the end of their businesses. What will the Minister do to help them?

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

I assure the hon. Lady that I am in touch with the Creative Industries Federation and very much understand its concerns. My Department is working with the Home Office to ensure that, post-Brexit, the industry will continue to have access to the best skills and talent from wherever in the world it comes.

Photo of Peter Bone Peter Bone Conservative, Wellingborough

Does the excellent Minister agree that coming out of the EU will be of great benefit to the creative industries? If there was a no deal, could a little bit of the £40 billion we would not give to the EU be spent on the creative industries?

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

As I said earlier, the Government are working hard to get a deal, because, no, we do not think that exiting from the EU without a deal would be to the benefit of the creative sector or, indeed, any other sector.