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Publishing and Brexit

Publishing and Brexit

Whatever the outcome of Brexit, the Publishers Association will continue to work with members and the wider industry to make sure our sector is as prepared as it can be for the future. Whether this is through Brexit briefing papers, meetings with government, or breakfast briefing meetings for members – this issue continues to be a priority.

If you’d like to talk to us about what we offer members and how we can help you prepare, please don't hesitate to get in touch:

A Blueprint for UK Publishing

In April 2018, we published A Blueprint for UK Publishing, setting out 10 asks of government to maintain our world-leading publishing sector. We called on Government to be steadfast in its support for ‘gold standard’ intellectual property rights and radical in its commitment to promoting digital if the £7.8bn UK publishing industry is to make the most of global free trade opportunities after Brexit.

We also emphasised that continued access to global talent, a sustainable Open Access academic publishing regime, and ensuring fair online marketplaces are top priorities for one of the UK’s most successful export sectors, which supports more than 70,000 British jobs and generates a £1.1bn trade surplus annually, with 70% of current exports already going outside the EU. UK publishers export more physical books than any other country and the UK’s consumer, academic and education publishers are recognised as world leaders, contributing to Britain’s standing as a global research and development powerhouse, and as the creative centre of the world.

The United States, China and India have different approaches to intellectual property laws, including copyright and exhaustion of rights, and independent positions on issues such as freedom of speech, data protection and digital trade. The UK’s position on all of these may be viewed by foreign trade negotiators as bargaining chips in future trade discussions.

Read A Blueprint for UK Publishing.


Brexit Toolkit for Publishers

Funded by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy's Business Readiness Fund, this toolkit was prepared by expert lawyers from Fieldfisher LLP and Taylor Wessing. it covers the key areas of greatest risk (movement of goods, cross-border data transfers and intellectual property) and contains FAQs and helpful checklists to aid your Brexit planning.

These topics were the focus of a series of panel discussions at our Brexit Forum for Publishers, available to watch in full on our Youtube channel.

You can access this Toolkit by completing the form on this page. As a condition of our Brexit Readiness Funding, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy requires us to collect details about the individuals and companies who have received support from the programme.

Please do share widely with your networks, and feel free to get in touch with the Publishers Association should you have any questions. 

Free Brexit legal clinics

The Publishers Association is co-ordinating free, one-to-one, legal clinics providing advice about the challenges of a No Deal Brexit.

These sessions will offer personalised guidance that is specific to your organisation’s day-to-day operations. We will have senior lawyers from Fieldfisher LLP on hand to answer any questions you might have about: movement of goods; intellectual property; and cross-border data flows.

These experts will be available to meet in person at their offices in London or to talk to you over the phone.

Each clinic will last up to one hour, with one clinic available to each publishing house on a first-come, first-served basis. All publishing houses in the UK are eligible to apply, but please only submit one application per company.

Apply for a free private Brexit legal clinic before 31st October 2019.


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