Publishers and Brexit
On 23 June 2016 the UK voted to leave the European Union. The UK
and the EU ratified the withdrawal agreement by 31 January 2020.
There will then be an implementation period until 31 December 2020
while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements.
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 some of
the resources and comment on how your Scottish-based business could
be affected by Brexit.
You can also download a PDF round up of the latest
Publishers and Publishers Organisations
The Publishers Association, London
Independent Publishers Guild
Elsevier Brexit Resource Centre
Briefings by the Scottish Parliament's Information Centre
(SPICe) on the UK's exit from the EU. The latest issue (issue 4 dated 17 April 2020)
- reports how COVID-19 has led to a disruption in the
negotiations, and the plans for resuming the negotiations through
meetings held by videoconference.
- reports on the latest discussions between the UK and EU chief
- reports on the first meeting of the Joint Committee, held by
videoconference on 30 March 2020.
- reports on a disagreement between the UK and the EU on whether
the European Commission should have an office in Belfast.
- reports on the possibility or otherwise of an extension to the
The European Union's Strategic Agenda for 2020-24: Scotland's
Perspective (January 2020)
Scottish Government overview of 'no deal' Brexit preparations.
Brexit Support Grant - funded by the Scottish
Government, provides a minimum of £2,000 and a maximum of £4,000 to
help small to medium-sized enterprises in Scotland manage a wide
range of Brexit impacts.
Brexit - various reports and key
documents that the Scottish Government has published on
PrepareforBrexit.scot website. Includes Brexit self-assessment tool to help identify
what you can do now to ready your company for business
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
UK organisations can continue to apply for Creative Europe funding until the current
programme ends in December 2020.
CBI - No deal preparations hub
British Chambers of Commerce - Brexit Hub
Federation of Small Businesses - Brexit and 'Keep Trade Easy, what small firms want from
Brexit' - March 2017
Society of Authors and Irish Writers Union joint statement
warning of dangers of no-deal Brexit 26 September 2018 - Society of Authors website
Arts and Creative Industries Organisations
Arts Council England (ACE) has published a guide that shares
relevant government information to help arts and cultural
organisations prepare in the event that the UK exits from the
European Union without a withdrawal agreement. See the ACE website.
The Creative Industries Federation issues regular
British book publishers fear Brexit will bring a US invasion: David Segal in the New York Times 13 April
Flexing Export Muscle Ahead of Brexit: Porter Anderson in Publishing Perspectives 19 July 2018
No deal Brexit: Export and printing logistics are
key trade concerns: Katie Mansfield in The Bookseller 14 January 2019.
Sturgeon on Brexit, reading for pleasure and
online book clubs: Natasha Onwuemezi in The Bookseller 1 February 2019.
Indie publishers fearful of no deal as HMRC issues
Brexit advice: Mark Chandler in The Bookseller 18 February
No-deal Brexit could put indies out of business
says Galley Beggar: Katy Docherty in The Bookseller 16 September 2019.
Data Protection and Brexit - Information Commissioner's Office
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
Institute for Government (London) has Brexit explainers, media and broadcast coverage,
British Council: Culture after Brexit