04 February 2020
Equity hosted an event at the start of February to brief parliamentarians about the impact of Brexit on the creative workforce. As part of the Performers Alliance All-Party Parliamentary Group, Equity members were able to discuss the concerns of creative workers with MPs and peers.
Brexit poses a number of challenges to performers and creative practitioners, from restrictions on mobility to problems of funding. Equity members are particularly concerned about their ability to collaborate and tour and perform in the EU27 and to work easily on short-term projects, such as performances and shoots, after the UK exits the EU.
Louise McMullan, Policy Officer at Equity, said the following: “Now that negotiations between the UK and the EU have begun, it is vital that we engage with the Government to get the best possible deal for our members. Securing an affordable, reciprocal visa scheme that is open to all creative workers is high on our list of priorities but we also need to address a number of other crucial concerns – intellectual property rights, replacement of EU funding if membership of Creative Europe ceases and tax and social security arrangements. The success of the UK creative industries is at risk if we do not secure these foundations.”