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19 August 2018

Publishers and Brexit


On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. This move will have implications for all businesses, publishers included. As well as changes to the free movement of people, trading conditions, exports, copyright and selling rights and sub-licences to titles will be affected. Here we round up a few of the resources and comment on how your Scottish-based business could be affected by Brexit.


Publishers and Publishers Organisations

The Publishers Association, London

Independent Publishers Guild

International Publishers Association- blog on copyright, July 2016

Elsevier Brexit Resource Centre


UK Government


Scottish Government

Scottish Government response - 'Scotland's Place in Europe', December 2016



Society of Authors- submission to Culture Media and Sport Brexit inquiry - October 2016


Business Organisations

British Chambers of Commerce- 'Business Brexit Priorities' - Feb 2017

Federation of Small Businesses - 'Keep Trade Easy, what small firms want from Brexit' - March 2017

CBI -White paper



Brexit will have a major impact on the book trade - Denis MacShane The Bookseller 18 July 2017

Holyrood Magazine - March 2017. The Scottish Government is opening up 'investment hubs' in London, Brussels and Berlin.

The Guardian view on Brexit and publishing: a hardcore problem - comment, March 2017


Other resources/comments

Full Fact - the UK's independent fact checking charity

Centre on Constitutional Change, Edinburgh. The team has produced a series of Brexit Reflections on key issues for policymakers, pollsters, and the regions and nations of the United Kingdom.

Institute for Government (London) has Brexit explainers, media and broadcast coverage, events etc.

Creative Industries Federation - Our Red Lines on Brexit (June 2017)











The Guardian view on Brexit and publishing: a hardcore problem