Parliamentary committee backs flexible travel for the creative industries post-Brexit

  • Select committee report highlights importance of ‘simplicity’ and warns Government against ‘foisting additional bureaucracy’ on creative industries.
  • For the UK alone, the creative economy is the fastest growing sector, worth £92bn a year, and three million jobs (one in every eleven).
  • FreeMoveCreate is a collaborative campaign to secure flexible travel for creatives post-Brexit. Our supporters were mentioned throughout report.

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has today (Thursday 25 January) published a report endorsing the principles of flexible travel for those working in the creative industries.

The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market makes a number of recommendations including:

‘The Government must heed warnings that SMEs (small and medium sized enterprises) across creative industries and tourism will not have the capacity to manage a new system that foists additional bureaucracy upon them.

‘The Government should seek to retain free movement of people during any transitional period after the UK formally ceases to be a member of the EU in March 2019.

‘If the visa system is to change subsequently, an intensive and detailed process of consultation with all those affected will need to begin as soon as possible.’

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and Co-Founder of the FreeMoveCreate campaign said:

‘The protection of flexible travel post-Brexit is a must for those who work in the UK’s creative industries. Half the creative workforce are self-employed and for musicians in particular the figure is as high as 90%. Creatives often get offered work in the EU at 24 hours’ notice, and sometimes travel to the EU to work more than 40 times a year.

‘This is an excellent, timely and comprehensive report – thank you to Damien Collins MP and his colleagues on the select committee for making these clear recommendations.

‘Post-Brexit, creatives want to continue to play their part in the UK’s future prosperity. To do this, they need flexible travel to EU as multi-page visa documents and tax forms are not compatible with the nature of their short-notice, freelance work. As we continue our discussions with ministers and civil servants, we hope the Government will take note of DCMS's important report.’

Jeanie Scott, Executive Director of a-n The Artists Information Company and Co-Founder of the FreeMoveCreate campaign said:

‘It’s great to see this report reflecting the key concerns and asks of FreeMoveCreate, and the thousands of individual practitioners we collectively represent.’

To find out more about FreeMoveCreate visit freemovecreate.org