Arts Council England publishes no-deal Brexit guidance

Document compiles government advice on issues from funding to travel, and recommends signing up for settlement scheme
Alex Stevens
Arts Council England (ACE) has published a guide (pdf) to help arts and cultural organisations prepare for a no-deal Brexit, with deputy chief executive Laura Dyer saying ACE wants to “do all we can to help” contingency planning.

The document compiles government advice on EU funding streams, freedom of movement, post-Brexit travel to the EU, customs and movement of goods, data protection, and intellectual property.

ACE says the guide will be updated “as further information becomes available”; similarly, many of the UK government pages it links to state that “preparations for a no-deal scenario would have to be accelerated” in the lead up to 29 March.

It recommends that arts and cultural organisations employing EU nationals encourage staff to register for the government’s EU settlement scheme, which will close on 31 December 2020 in the event of no deal.

The scheme is open to EU citizens and their families living in the UK, and will be free to apply to from 30 March.  

“This guide puts all the current relevant government advice in one place and explains which might be relevant for different organisations,” said Dyer. “I hope it will help organisations decide what actions to take in preparation for a no-deal outcome.”

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