Arts Council issues guidance on no-deal Brexit 

Arts Council England has published a guide to help arts and cultural organisations prepare for the UK exiting from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement.

The EU flag and the Union Jack.

The Arts Council is providing information to help cultural organisations prepare for Brexit. (Photo: Bankenverband via Flickr public domain)

By Annette McGill

The new Arts Council guidance provides information on Brexit implications for the arts, museums and libraries. It provides references to Government notices and papers on a wide range of topics, including:

  • Future arrangements for projects funded under EU programmes
  • Employing EU citizens’ after Brexit
  • Travelling to the EU after Brexit - specifically for artists and tours
  • Impacts on copyright, data and intellectual property

Movement of goods

In a section which may be particularly relevant for facilities managers, the guide looks at the implications for the the movement of goods such as works of art, instruments and other equipment across borders.

The guide says: “In a ‘no deal’ scenario the Government’s planning assumptions indicate there will be significantly reduced access across the straights at Dover and Folkestone for up to six months. This could affect organisations and individuals working in the creative industries sector, including those taking a performing arts group, production or exhibition to an EU country.”

The guide advises arts organisations such as orchestras, theatre groups and art galleries to refer to the Government’s Partnership pack (pdf). This document looks at how to prepare for changes at the UK border and sets out changes to customs, excise, VAT and regulations.

The pack states guidance for importers and exporters of goods will apply to everyone moving objects in and out of the UK to the EU – even if the movement is for non-commercial purposes, or if the movement is temporary.

The Arts Council document also advises organisations to  assess the potential impact of items being delayed at borders and consider ways to minimise reliance on using some routes. It suggests organisations might want to contact existing shipping and logistics agents to review the potential costs of such delays.

The full guide is available for download from the Arts Council website

The Council says it will update the guide as more information becomes available. 

More Brexit advice

A key issue for many cultural organisations will be maintaining freedom of movement for visiting artists and touring projects.  

Passports: The government has published guidance on Passport rules for travel to Europe after Brexit

Travel insurance: The BBC is reporting that if there is no deal and you are planning travel to a EU country or Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland after March 29th, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will no longer be valid. The EHIC currently entitles UK citizens to state-provided medical treatment if they fall ill or have an accident in one of those countries. Travellers should ensure they have appropriate travel insurance, including medical cover. The government has issued detailed advice on travel abroad.