Today the Liberal Democrats launch a new creative network (LDCN) to galvanise anti-Brexit support in the creative industries. Spearheaded by Baroness Jane Bonham Carter and the CEO of Think Publishing, Tilly McAuliffe, and other key creative industry advocates, the network will look at new and creative ways to fight Brexit as well as to protect these industries from its worst effects. Launching the network and a pamphlet entitled ‘The Power of Creativity & Brexit, Reality Bites’, at an event with representatives from across the creative industries, they will outline a manifesto detailing protective measures. They will call for EU funding sources to be replaced, membership of Creative Europe and Erasmus maintained and access to talent to be protected. Speaking ahead of the event, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable said: “The creative industries are potentially among the serious casualties of Brexit. Cities have been barred from the European Capital of Culture programme, “Country of Origin” rules threaten our status as a global broadcasting centre, and designers are losing the benefits of design rights. Brexit can sometimes seem like a Westminster bubble problem. It is not. We potentially lose the protection of the competition authorities in standing up to the data giants for example. The Liberal Democrats have long had close relations with the creative sector and this becomes ever more important with Brexit looming. Brexit is not just an issue for manufacturing and the financial services, but also for the creatives of the future.” Liberal Democrats Culture Spokesperson, Jane Bonham Carter said: “We have a proud history of working to support the creative industries and we are continuing to do everything in our power to support them through this challenging time.” “A recent survey by the Creative Industries Federation found that 96% of their members were in favour of remaining in the EU and 21% of businesses within the Creative Industries sector said they would consider moving all or part of their business abroad.”

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