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Brexit: Implications for the UK publishing industry

6 September 2016

The Publishers Association has set out the publishing industry's key priorities for negotiations on the UK's new relationship with the European Union, calling on the government to keep barriers to trade with the EU to an absolute minimum and to publish a clear plan to minimise business uncertainty.

In Brexit: Implications for the UK publishing industry, the PA also calls for the government to:

  • Legislate to create stronger copyright rules to encourage investment in the UK and to protect creators
  • Ensure the UK research community remains a global leader by developing new strategies for domestic investment
  • Ensure publishers and businesses have access to the people and skills they need, whilst taking into account the public's concerns about immigration.

The priorities reflect the main concerns the publishing industry highlighted in a survey conducted by the PA, which was responded to by major publishers across trade, education and academic publishing as well as many independent publishing houses.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, said: "The UK publishing industry is a great success both nationally and internationally, and it's essential that our concerns are at the forefront of these Brexit negotiations to make sure our voice is heard and success is not taken for granted.

"This manifesto sets out the industry's key priorities for the future, which include retaining access to the single market and ensuring that publishers continue to have access to the people and skills they need. There should also be no doubt that UK publishing will embrace the opportunities presented by leaving the EU, such as securing a stronger copyright framework. We will be meeting with Government departments, political parties, senior civil servants and key influencers in the coming months to discuss these priorities."

For the full text of Brexit: Implications for the UK publishing industry, see the PA website.

See also PA lobbies government over EU trade barriers and copyright by Natasha Onwuemezi in The Bookseller 5 September 2016.