What does Britain leaving the EU mean to creatives?

What does Britain leaving the EU mean to creatives?

by Wishu
15 July 2020

Itโ€™s official. The United Kingdom has finally left the EU, entering 11 months of limbo. The UK is obliged to still follow EU rules but cannot actively be involved in the European Parliament. But what does this mean for us creatives?

Many of us have been fortunate enough to work in our neighbouring countries for years. But with this Brexit deal now cemented, weโ€™re still not sure about what to do next.

๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ถ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€

The UKโ€™s creative industries contribute an outstanding ยฃ101.5 bn annually. 47% of creative workers are either freelancers or self-employed. Currently, Londonโ€™s creative industry contributes a whopping ยฃ40bn! Such numbers canโ€™t have been generated by UK nationals alone.

According to the Global Talent Report, a Federation survey found 75% of 250 businesses employed EU nationals. Culturally diverse teams tend to perform much better, exposing them to exciting skill sets and experiences. This allows businesses to understand different export markets and maintain relationships with them too. Companies within the creative industry sphere currently account for 10% of all UK service exports. With figures like these, freedom of movement has proven to be a crucial factor in regards to the success of the UKโ€™s creative industry.

London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has openly expressed despite the Brexit decision, nothing has changed: โ€œYou are Londoners. You donโ€™t just enrich our city economically, but socially and culturally too.โ€

โ€œFrom our food and our fashion to our innovation and our public services, you are pivotal to our city’s success and one of the central reasons why London remains the greatest city in the world.โ€

๐—ฆ๐—ผ, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ, ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ?

The Global Talent Report has suggested introducing a โ€˜Creative Freelancer Visaโ€™ for non-UK creatives, as it will help bring top EU creative talent into the UK. Similar actions have been put forward in Germany such as their โ€˜Artist Visaโ€™. It is one of the many reasons why Germany is strongly considered a creative hub much like London and New York. Establishing a โ€˜Youth Mobility Schemeโ€™ is another solution. Again this allows us to stay connected with our neighbouring talent, letting creative hubs like London continue to thrive to support the future as well as existing talent in the UK.

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ

As of now, citizens from EU/EFTA countries are still able to move and work in the UK freely. From June 30th 2021, said citizens and their families are expected to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme, in order to keep living in the UK. If you wish to travel to the EU, laws are expected to change from January 1st 2021. Gov.uk advises to make sure your passport is up to date: it must have 6 months left and be less than 10 years old.

Further action such as possessing proof of documentation (i.e. work visa) or membership from your overseas employment are basic necessities to have on stand-by. Working remotely if feasible is also something to consider.

Nevertheless, whatever occurs shouldnโ€™t prevent top EU talent from helping to enrich the evolving creative space in London, let alone the UK.

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