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The PA sets out priorities post-Brexit

The Publishers Association sets out priorities post-Brexit


6 September 2016

The Publishers Association has set out the publishing industry’s key priorities for negotiations on the UK’s new relationship with the European Union, calling on the government to keep barriers to trade with the EU to an absolute minimum and to publish a clear plan to minimise business uncertainty.

The PA is also calling for the government to:

  • Legislate to create stronger copyright rules to encourage investment in the UK and to protect creators
  • Ensure the UK research community remains a global leader by developing new strategies for domestic investment
  • Ensure publishers and businesses have access to the people and skills they need, whilst taking into account the public’s concerns about immigration

The priorities reflect the main concerns the publishing industry highlighted in a survey conducted by the PA, which was responded to by major publishers across trade, education and academic publishing as well as many independent publishing houses.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association, said: “The UK publishing industry is a great success both nationally and internationally, and it’s essential that our concerns are at the forefront of these Brexit negotiations to make sure our voice is heard and success is not taken for granted.

“This manifesto sets out the industry’s key priorities for the future, which include retaining access to the single market and ensuring that publishers continue to have access to the people and skills they need. There should also be no doubt that UK publishing will embrace the opportunities presented by leaving the EU, such as securing a stronger copyright framework. We will be meeting with Government departments, political parties, senior civil servants and key influencers in the coming months to discuss these priorities.”


Notes to editors

  1. The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Members represent over 80% of the UK publishing industry including global companies such as Elsevier, Wiley, Pearson, Penguin Random House, Hachette and the University presses, as well as many independent publishing houses. Collectively our members contribute over £4.4bn to the UK economy with digital revenues contributing 32% and export sales of books accounting for 43%
  2. The briefing was created following a survey of the Publishers Association’s 117 members, out of which 48 responded
  3. The survey showed that 73% of publishers remain committed to their business investment plans despite Britain’s vote to leave the EU. Almost half (44%) said cheaper exports due to a weaker pound was the biggest opportunity post-Brexit. More than a third (35%) said higher costs of doing business, such as higher import costs, was one of the biggest challenge. The results of the survey can be found here
  4. The full Brexit manifesto can be found here
  5.  For further information please contact Susie Winter on