Publishers and Brexit
We strongly recommend publishers and
creative businesses to register for both the UK and Scotland
government email updates through these links.
Got a question about operating after Brexit -
VAT? Get in touch with the experts at Scottish Enterprise.
On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. The UK
and the EU ratified the withdrawal agreement and the Brexit
transition period ran until 31 December 2020 while the EU and UK
negotiated new arrangements.
This move has 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 some of
the resources and comment on how your Scottish-based business could
be affected by Brexit.
VAT. From 1 July 2021 the value added tax (VAT)
exemption for the importation of goods not exceeding EUR 22 will be
removed. As a result, all goods imported to the EU will be subject
to VAT. For an overview of the changes, see EU VAT e-commerce package on the UK Government
website. See also our EU VAT changes page.
Doing business with Europe has changed. From 1 January 2021 you
need to follow new rules on exports, imports, tariffs, data and
hiring. See the UK Government website.
Small and medium-sized businesses new to importing or exporting
can apply for a grant up to £2,000 from the SME Brexit Support Fund to help with training
or professional advice. (updated 15 March 2021).
A UK Transition special edition of the UK
Government's bi-monthly magazine for employers and agents giving
up-to-date information on payroll topics (22 January 2021).
The UK Government has also provided country guides for UK
businesses providing services and travelling for business to the
EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein: see country guides.
The UK Government website has a step by step guide to Importing goods into the UK.
Intellectual Property Ofice - IP and Brexit - The Facts
Intellectual Property after 1 January 2021. Update from IPO (24 November 2020)
GDPR. The UK Government has issued guidance
for UK companies that receives customer information from an EU
company (such as names and addresses, to provide goods or
services) on what action you need to take regarding data
protection and data flows with the EU/EEA.
Eight Chambers of Commerce in Scotland are licensed by the
Government and HMRC to provide support on export and
customs documentation, systems and processes to members
and non-members. Contact Aberdeen and Grampian, Ayrshire, Dundee, Edinburgh, Fife, Glasgow, Inverness or Renfrewshire
chambers for more information
Culture and Creative Sectors after Brexit
(updated 16 December 2020)
Support for businesses in Scotland operating after Brexit,
including new customs processes, VAT changes, new product markings
and labelling and lots more, can be found at www.FindbusinessSupport.gov.scot/operate-after-Brexit
Research briefings by the Scottish Parliament's Information
Centre (SPICe) on the UK's exit from the EU (under EU and International Affairs).
The European Union's Strategic Agenda for 2020-24: Scotland's
Perspective (January 2020)
Scottish Government overview of 'no deal' Brexit preparations.
Brexit - various reports and key
documents that the Scottish Government has published on
To help keep in touch with the process and the advice being
published, Creative Scotland have created a Brexit Information page to link to relevant
The IPG has a Brexit information page - Brexit Information
CBI - UK Transition hub
British Chambers of Commerce - Brexit Hub
Federation of Small Businesses - UK Transition Hub
Arts and Creative Industries Organisations
Arts Council England (ACE) has published a guide that shares
relevant government information to help arts and cultural
organisations in the UK Transition period. See the ACE website.
The Creative Industries Federation issues regular
The Bookseller - Sian Bayley's article of 13 July 2021 reports
that wholesalers and shipping companies are facing delays and
increased costs owing to coronavirus outbreaks, Brexit and the
continued disruption after the blockage of the Suez Canal, with
warnings we could be seeing the effects for the next five
Anderson Strathern - What your business needs to know about the Brexit
deal (13 January 2021)
Data Protection and Brexit - Information Commissioner's Office
Full Fact - the UK's independent fact checking charity
Institute for Government (London) has Brexit explainers, media and broadcast coverage,
Brexit and Beyond - research papers, podcasts
and reports from UK in a Changing Europe (an initiative promoting
research into the relationship between the UK and EU).