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May's Brexit speech a 'step in the right direction' for creative industries

Prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit speech has been hailed as a ‘significant step in the right direction’ by the Creative Industries Federation but the trade body reiterated calls for further details on the movement of people, intellectual property rights and the free flow of data once Britain leaves the European Union.

Speaking last week, May said Britain warned that there would be ‘hard facts’ for those on both sides of the Brexit negotiations but said she was confident differences over a draft EU legal agreement could be ironed out.

May said she was wanted ‘the broadest and deepest possible partnership’, covering more sectors than any existing free trade partnership.

John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation, said: “We welcome the Prime Minister’s recognition of the challenges faced by the creative industries during Brexit negotiations. Almost half of the UK’s creative exports - worth over £35bn - go to the EU. We now need more detail on how close alignment with EU rules and regulations will be achieved.”

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