Survey: Post-Brexit loss of free movement with Europe could severely impact U.K. culture

Posted on: January 9, 2018

“A survey of industry leaders including [director] Nicholas Hytner and [dancer] Tamara Rojo warns that losing freedom of movement after a hard Brexit would be devastating for the creative sector,” writes Matthew Hemley in Wednesday’s (1/3) The Stage (U.K.). “Among the 50 UK cultural leaders surveyed were National Youth Theatre chief executive Paul Roseby and Sadler’s Wells chief executive Alistair Spalding…. The survey reports that 46 of the 50 believe that a hard Brexit—involving leaving the single market and ending the existing free movement rules with Europe—would have either a devastating or negative impact on the creative industries…. more than 90% believe the free movement of people from Europe will be critical or important to the UK’s creative industries in the future. More than 70% claim allowing freedom of movement of creative talent from Europe is the most important thing the government could do to ‘ensure the growth and vibrancy of Britain’s creative industries.’ … Composer Nitin Sawhney said the impact would be ‘devastating’ as it would restrict free movement of artists across Europe and have a ‘hugely negative impact on the perception of the UK as a multicultural hub of creativity and free expression.’ ”

Posted January 9, 2018