Theresa May has announced a snap General Election to be held on 8 June 2017.
Today, a raft of new measures on immigration and skills come into force which will impact games companies across the country.
After 9 months of speculation following the June referendum, Article 50 has been triggered today, marking the start of two years of negotiations about what a post-EU Britain will look like.
During this time we have learnt a lot about what our industry is concerned about: access to global talent, data flows and uncertainty about future trading relationships have been all been raised as priority areas of concern, alongside the opportunities the coming negotiations present for the our creative tech sector in the UK.
Ukie launches new report 'The UK Games Industry's Priorities for the EU Negotiations' at Parliamentary Roundtable event
Yesterday, Ukie launched our new report ‘State of Play: The UK games industry’s priorities for the EU negotiations’, the culmination of four months’ of consultation with more than 70 games businesses via a UK-wide industry tour from Belfast to Dorking to Manchester, and an online evidence gathering, hearing the industry’s key concerns and opportunities presented by Brexit.
This week, Prime Minister Theresa May delivered her much-anticipated Brexit speech, which, seven months after the referendum result, finally provided some clarity on what ‘Brexit means Brexit’ truly means.
In those months, Ukie has been consulting intensively with the sector through our working groups and via surveys, and feeding those results directly to government, and ensuring the concerns of interactive entertainment are heard in papers submitted to government. It is a critical time to make sure we are front and centre of a future proof Industrial Strategy.
Member Blog: What will Brexit mean for European funding of the games industry?
by Osborne Clarke
Simon Neill (Competition, Partner), Ashley Morgan (Litigation, TKL) and Rebecca Malone (Competition, Associate).
More than six weeks on from the UK's EU referendum, uncertainty is still a defining feature of the economic and political climate. For the games industry, one of the major uncertainties is the status of European-based funding.
The UK has voted to leave the European Union after an historic EU Referendum on Thursday. Leave won by 52% to 48% for the Remain campaign, with an overall voting turnout of 71.8% - the highest turnout at a UK election since 1992.
The vote signals the start of many changes to the UK political landscape - starting with the resignation of David Cameron as PM this morning, who says he will step down by October.