Cultural Heritage: Exports

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 3rd September 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Development), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for for exporting objects of cultural interest in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

Photo of Rebecca Pow Rebecca Pow The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

All parts of the plan for exporting objects of cultural interest in the event of a no deal Brexit are in place:

  • A statutory instrument (SI 2018 no. 1186) will revoke the relevant EU regulations in relation to the export of cultural objects on exit day, if there’s no deal. Only export licences under UK legislation will be needed.
  • The existing statutory guidance will be amended. A draft amended version is available now on the Arts Council website for information.
  • The Export Licensing Unit at the Arts Council will announce a date after which they cannot guarantee to process and issue EU export licences before exit day.

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