Jardine: Brexit threatens to tear down UK broadcasting sector

Liberal Democrat MP Christine Jardine has today challenged the Tory UK Government to wake up and respond to concerns from the Commercial Broadcasting Association that Brexit is threating to tear down the sector.

Speaking in the House of Commons today, Ms Jardine highlighted the lack of clarity around the Government’s proposals post-brexit, particularly regarding licenses for International TV Channels based in the UK.

Ms Jardine warned these licenses are “worth £1bn to economy and 1 in 5 jobs in the broadcasting sector”.

In response to Ms Jardine, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, Suella Braverman MP, failed to recognise the concerns raised by the Commercial broadcasters Association.

Following the exchange, Ms Jardine said:

"The chilling effects of Brexit are already biting. While the UK is traditionally a central hub for broadcasters, the unfortunate reality is that international broadcasters are now leaving our shores. It is yet further evidence that Brexit is forcing them to move elsewhere.

"Not only will this damage the UK's ability to attract the brightest and the best, but for those currently employed in the sector this is deeply concerning.

"With the Brexit mess becoming more apparent each day, it is clear that people should be entitled to a final say on the deal and a chance to exit from Brexit.”

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