Arts Council England has published a guide to help arts and cultural organisations prepare for the UK exiting from the European Union without a withdrawal agreement.
This document provides information on Brexit implications for the arts, museums and libraries. It provides references to Government notices and papers on a wide range of topics, including:
- Future arrangements for projects funded under EU programmes
- Employing EU citizens’ after Brexit
- Travelling to the EU after Brexit - specifically for artists and tours
- Impacts on copyright, data and intellectual property
Movement of goods
In a section which may be particularly relevant for facilities managers, the guide looks at the implications for the the movement of goods such as works of art, instruments and other equipment across borders.
The guide says: “In a ‘no deal’ scenario the Government’s planning assumptions indicate there will be significantly reduced access across the straights at Dover and Folkestone for up to six months. This could affect organisations and individuals working in the creative industries sector, including those taking a performing arts group, production or exhibition to an EU country.”
The guide advises arts organisations such as orchestras, theatre groups and art galleries to refer to the Government’s Partnership pack (pdf). This document looks at how to prepare for changes at the UK border and sets out changes to customs, excise, VAT and regulations.
The pack states guidance for importers and exporters of goods will apply to everyone moving objects in and out of the UK to the EU – even if the movement is for non-commercial purposes, or if the movement is temporary.
The Arts Council document also advises organisations to assess the potential impact of items being delayed at borders and consider ways to minimise reliance on using some routes. It suggests organisations might want to contact existing shipping and logistics agents to review the potential costs of such delays.
The Council says it will update the guide as more information becomes available.