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UK parliament to launch inquiry into impact of Brexit on creative industries

A UK House of Commons committee has announced plans for an inquiry that will focus in part on employment within the creative industries post Brexit.

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee announced today it is calling for written evidence to be submitted about the way Brexit will affect creative businesses' ability to attract and retain talent from across the world.

This will form part of a larger inquiry into the potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market.

According to the inquiry announcement posted today on the official parliament website, the creative industries will be included in the inquiry to address concerns around marring its "high reputation" internationally.

"The creative industries and tourism are two of the most important sectors in our economy, and we have to make sure that Brexit can become a success for them," said Damian Collins, MP and acting chair of the committee.

"We have set out some of the specific issues that we will be focusing on, but we want to hear from people and organisations in the creative and tourism sectors on any concerns or ideas they may have relating to Brexit."

In his first official speech since his appointment in July, the minister for digital and culture Matt Hancock said that the creative sectors were key to the future of the UK both economically and culturally.

"Creative industries will be absolutely central to our post-Brexit future," said Hancock in his speech last week, which was organised by the Creative Industries Federation – an independent membership body set up by London Design Festival founder John Sorrell as a lobbying organisation for the creative industries.

Submissions to the parliament's inquiry will be accepted until 28 October, and can be sent in via a dedicated page on the Parliamentary website.

The announcement follows the launch of Dezeen's Brexit Design Manifesto, which outlines the cultural and economic importance of the architecture and design sector – a major component of the creative industries.

One of the key issues addressed by the manifesto is employment, following concerns raised by a number of leading industry figures over access to talent and the importance of cultural diversity for the sector.

Speaking at the launch of the manifesto on Wednesday, architect Amanda Levete said that losing access to talent from the EU would be "massively negative" for the sector.

"The discipline of architecture and design has flourished since we joined the EU," she said. "The talent pool has expanded exponentially – they bring different sensibilities and they enrich our practice."

She said that graduates from the EU often had a better technical understanding than those from the UK, who tended to be trained more in critical and theoretical thinking, and the combination of both was crucial to the success of UK design and architecture businesses.

"It's a fantastic marriage but you need the two," she said. "You turn off the tap of talent and the impact will be massively negative."

Her statements echoed those made by designers and architects during Dezeen's Brexit design summit in June.

"There needs to be a clear message to Europe that as a country we are still as progressive, open-minded, talented, forward-thinking as ever, albeit with a strong strain of sceptics in our midst," added designer Ilse Crawford.

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