After more than three years of rancour and political infighting, the U.K. finally leaves the European Union at 11Pm tonight, bringing closure to one of the most unsettling chapters in the country’s history.
A transition period running until the end of 2020 will now take effect, during which trade negotiations between the E.U. and U.K. will be finalized. This means that little will change in the short term for the U.K. film and television industry, and its European and international partners. But longer term, and depending on the outcome of trade negotiations, Brexit is likely to lead to both challenges and opportunities for the U.K.’s buoyant creative industries.
What is clear is that in recent months, the mood around Brexit has changed. A large majority of the U.K.’s creative industries voted to stay within Europe, and have expressed sadness and regret that….