Would a vote for Brexit weaken the UK’s global creative success?

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A number of high profile representatives from the culture sector have come out in support of the UK remaining part of the European Union (EU).

Last Friday, 282 people from the creative industries, including Charles Saumarez Smith, the chief executive of the Royal Academy of Arts and Chris Dercon, the director of Tate Modern, added their names to an open letter urging the British public to vote “remain” in the referendum on 23 June.

The letter stated: “We believe that being part of the EU bolsters Britain’s leading role on the world stage.

“Britain is not just stronger in Europe, it is more imaginative and more creative, and our global creative success would be severely weakened by walking away.”

The letter warned that the UK would be “an outsider shouting from the wings” if it left the EU.

Meanwhile a survey of members of the Creative Industries Federation, the trade body for people who work in the creative industries, showed overwhelming support for the “remain” campaign, with 96% of respondents saying they wanted to stay in Europe.

Members cited access to the European markets and funding, as well as the movement of creative talent, as reasons the UK's creative industries are stronger in Europe.
The federation’s chief executive John Kampfner said: “Our members have sent a clear signal about the importance of EU membership for the continued success of the UK’s fastest-growing sector.”

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