Preparing for Brexit

30 October 2019

UK Screen Alliance and Animation UK have been working hard to help represent members’ views and interests in the midst of the Governmental changes which have come into play in the lead up to the UK’s planned exit from the EU. Here is a summary of what members can do to prepare for Brexit, and where they can find the most up-to-date and relevant information for our sectors.

Access: VFX Podcast Episode 20 – ‘Broaching Brexit’

In this Access:VFX podcast episode, Amy Smith (Head of Talent, Framestore) Neil Hatton (CEO, UK Screen Alliance) Valentina Pace (Senior HR Advisor, Framestore), and Niki Hunt (HR Manager, Outpost VFX) discuss how Brexit has affected VFX & Animation studios to date, what it means for people who work in the industry, and how you can best prepare yourself for all outcomes if you want to work in the UK.

Animation UK & CMC Panel Sessions – ‘Be Ready for Brexit’

Animation UK in partnership with the Children’s Media Conference (CMC) ran a ‘Be Ready for Brexit’ event at The Wellcome Trust in London, funded by the government’s Business Readiness Fund. The event, tailored for animation and kids’ content TV/digital production communities, distributors and media freelancers, enabled industry experts to present invaluable information on how the sector can prepare for various Brexit outcomes.

A summary of the event is available to read online here.

Journalist Stuart Dredge has also published a piece, ‘What will Brexit mean for workforce, skills and employment?‘ on the Animation UK and CMC event available to read here.

Useful links:

The British Film Institute (BFI) Brexit FAQ’s

UK Government Guidance for Media and Creative Industries

DCMS Sector Guidance 60 second checker

Creative Industries Landing Page

Media and Broadcasting Landing page

Movement of Goods and Services

HMRC Partnership Pack

Trade planner (step by step)

Non-preferential tariff rates and quotas on imports if the UK leaves the EU with no deal

Exporting after Brexit if there’s no deal – country by country

International road haulage permits

Trade Tariff: Look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates

Get an EORI number

Exporting objects of cultural interest

Importing endangered species

Broadcasting and video on demand if there is a no Brexit deal

eCommerce Directive – what online service providers in the UK should do to get ready for Brexit

Providing services and travelling for business to the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein: country guides

Geo-Blocking after Brexit

The system for recognising EU qualified architects in the UK if there is no Brexit deal

UK trade agreements with non-EU countries in a no-deal Brexit

Trading Under WTO rules

VAT for businesses in a no-deal Brexit


Touring Europe if there is no Brexit deal

Take goods temporarily out of the UK

Immigration and Mobility

EU Settlement Scheme Employers Toolkit

No deal immigration arrangements for EU citizens moving to the UK after Brexit

Visiting Europe – movement of people

International Talent: visas and immigration policy

Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property and Brexit

Exhaustion of intellectual property rights

Registered design rights and trademarks


Using personal data in your business or organisation and Brexit

Data protection law – Brexit

ICO guidance on data protection and no deal

ICO guidance on data protection and brexit for small businesses and organisations

ICO Interactive Tool

European Data Protection Board (EDPB) Guidance

.eu Domain names

EU Funding

Guarantee for EU funding

Creative Europe Desk UK FAQ’s

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