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Brexit - links to key information

Last updated: 10 Oct 2019

The UK and the European Union have agreed a flexible extension to Article 50 until October 31. As the UK progresses towards leaving the EU by this deadline, the flow of information about the many complexities of EU Exit is likely to increase. To help keep in touch with the process and the advice being published, we have created this page to link to relevant information.

Creative Scotland's position

Creative Scotland’s position is that working internationally is key to ensuring that Scotland remains a successful and distinctive creative nation connected to the world. We will continue support artists to take their work overseas and showcase Scotland’s creativity at festivals and cultural events across globe, alongside supporting the presentation of international work here in Scotland.

Creative Scotland also hosts the Scotland office of Creative Europe Desk UK, the contact point for the EU’s Creative Europe funding programme and a partnership led by BFI and British Council with Arts Council England, Creative Scotland and Welsh Government. Creative Europe Desk UK-Scotland provides free information and advice to Scottish creative, cultural and heritage organisations on Creative Europe projects, partnerships and applications. The office also signposts to information on other EU funding programmes such as Erasmus Plus, Europe for Citizens and Horizon 2020.

Creative Scotland shares the real concerns amongst the cultural community in Scotland as to the impact that leaving the EU will have on their work and the ability of artists to exchange ideas and practise. We have discussed these matters with the Scottish Government and in UK Government forums.

A survey undertaken by the Federation of Scottish Theatre and Scottish Contemporary Art Network further underlines the findings from our own research conducted in 2016, immediately after the EU referendum, which highlighted the cultural sector’s concerns about the negative impact that leaving the EU will have.

See more in this guidance document:

Creative Scotland guidance on EU Exit

Creative Scotland's guidance on the UK withdrawal from the European Union, in Word format. Updated October 2019.

The latest on the EU Exit

For the latest information on the EU Exit, we have listed pages which are frequently updated with the latest information for the sector:


UK Government

Scottish Government

European Commission

Creative Europe

Arts Councils

Sector-specific information

Here we have listed pages relevant for specific sectors relating to EU Exit issues. Please contact us if you have an active webpage you think should be listed here.

Other resources

We have also compiled short summaries of existing information in the following areas:

Policy and positioning

Please take into consideration the date of publication of these documents when reading the following.

EU funding for culture and creativity

In the event of a 'deal'

In March 2018, the UK and EU negotiating teams reached agreement on the terms of an implementation period (also known as ‘transition’) that will start on 30 March 2019 and last until 31 December 2020. This announcement confirmed that, pending ratification, UK organisations can continue to apply for EU programme funding until December 2020. This includes UK participation in, and funding applications for, Creative Europe and other EU funding programmes open to the creative and cultural sector such as Erasmus Plus, Europe for Citizens and Horizon 2020.

The UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has advised that, in a deal scenario, this means that:

·         UK organisations can continue to apply for the forthcoming Creative Europe MEDIA and Culture sub-programme calls.

·         UK organisations will have exactly the same rights and obligations as other countries participating in the Creative Europe programme until the end of the current programme.

·         Successful Creative Europe applicants from the UK can receive funding until the end of their projects (even if they run beyond 2020).

The UK Government has made clear that its priority remains to ensure the Withdrawal Agreement is finalised.

In the event of a 'no deal'

Read the latest information on Creative Europe from Creative Europe Desk UK.

See the latest information about EU funding programmes in the event of a ‘no deal’ including information on the HMG Guarantee for ongoing projects and who to contact to register your project.

Creative Europe Desk UK can provide guidance on all of this as part of their usual advice on applications, so get in touch. You can also sign up to their newsletter for updates.

UK participation in the future Creative Europe programme

The decision on whether the UK can participate in the next programme (2021–2027) will be taken as part of the future partnership negotiations with the EU. The UK Government’s Brexit White Paper (link to PDF), published July 2018, stated: “The UK is open to exploring…continued involvement in Creative Europe to support the cultural, creative and audiovisual sectors.”

Read more about current Creative Europe projects led by, or involving, Scottish partners.

Europe as a market

Scottish Enterprise (in partnership with HIE, Business Gateway, SDI and SDS) have developed a portal to support businesses who trade into mainland Europe, including a checklist for businesses. As part of this portal, the Scottish Government has also funded a Brexit Support Grant to help small to medium-sized enterprises in Scotland manage a wide range of Brexit impacts.

The UK Government has also published a series of papers that relate to the implications of a ‘No-Deal’ Brexit.


The HMRC have also published a letter on the GOV.UK (updated in March 2019) to help businesses that trade with the EU get ready to deal with customs in the unlikely event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal. This includes a version for businesses based in England, Scotland and Wales, and a separate version for businesses based in Northern Ireland.

The letter asks these businesses to take three actions now:

  • register for a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
  • decide whether they will use a customs agent to make import and/or export declarations or will make the declarations themselves using specialist software
  • contact the organisation that moves their goods (for example, a haulage firm) to find out if they will need to supply additional information to complete safety and security declarations, or whether they will need to submit these declarations themselves.

The letter also directs businesses to GOV‌.UK where they can find further information to help them get ready.

HMRC have committed to write to businesses to let them know what further actions they will need to take and when.

They have also opened a grant scheme to help support training and IT improvements for customs intermediaries and traders that complete customs declarations.

Workforce and migration

The UK Government published in late December a Migration White Paper that sets out the post-Brexit approach to migration.

The UK Government works with the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), an independent, non-statutory, non-time limited, non-departmental public body that advises the government on migration issues. See reports published by the MAC.

Also see analysis of the Migration White Paper by the Creative Industries Federation.