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Publishing and Brexit

Publishing and Brexit

Guidance for Publishers

The PA has been monitoring the Brexit debate closely since the referendum result in 2016. Consequently, we have produced several documents to aid member planning and preparation for all manner of Brexit eventualities. Downloads of these documents can be found below:

  • No deal guidance*: This document contains advice on preparing for a no deal Brexit. It’s based on all the information government has given us so far and explains what a no deal Brexit will look like for the publishing industry as well as how to prepare for it. It follows on from work we have previously shared with you, including our ten point preparation plan and our legal briefing document on trading on WTO terms. 
  • Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration analysis*: This document looks at how these two agreements would affect each of the ten key policy asks contained in our Blueprint for UK Publishing.

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Our industry priorities and asks of Government

Read our blueprint for UK publishing (download a PDF).

In order for us to maintain our world-leading publishing sector, we ask for the government’s support in maintaining the environment within which UK publishers can create, export and digitise their works. We set out our specific asks in respect of each of these three areas below.

Encourage the world’s best new creative, education and academic works

1. Maintain access to global talent and ideas

2. Support and improve our gold standard copyright framework

3. Commit to free speech and freedom to publish

4. Maintain a sustainable approach to open access policy for research

Support the global reach of UK publishing

5. Ensure quality control through national exhaustion for intellectual property

6. Maximise our ability to export to all markets

7. Lead the way on rights enforcement

Lead the world in the digital age

8. Enable cross-border data flows

9. Zero rate VAT on epublications

10. Ensure fair online markets