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TVforEU calls on industry to sign letter to PM

Warns leaving the EU’s customs union, single market, VAT area and regulatory framework will "rip up the bedrock" of the industry

TVforEU, the campaign to make the government aware of Brexit’s impact on TV and film, is asking the industry to sign a letter to the prime minister.

The letter lays out the problems posed to the industry by Brexit in any form.

“Brexit is a dire threat to our industry. Leaving the EU’s customs union, single market, VAT area and regulatory framework (in whole or part) will rip up the bedrock on which we operate and cause us grave harm,” it says.

The letter lays out the three areas of particular concern: freedom of movement of people, freedom of movement of goods, and clarity on the Audio-Visual Media Services Directive.

The letter warns that Theresa May’s current deal offers no guarantees to the industry. “It is critical to find a way out of this mess and therefore we ask you to support a People’s Vote (with an option to remain in the EU) to allow our industry, our consumers and the country a say on the final Brexit outcome.”

TVforEU founder Marc Risby tells TVBEurope, “After consultation with a number of industry folk, the TVforEU campaign wanted to voice the opinions of many people working in television and film. 

“There are several industry bodies doing great work, embedded within the relevant government departments, but we wanted to provide a platform for the many individuals and companies who simply wanted to publicly say ‘No’ to Brexit. 29th of March 2019 is coming fast but there’s a lot that can change politically in that time and we need to do everything we can to support our industry.”

The letter is available to sign via the TVforEU website.