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UK publishers lobby government on trade, copyright post-Brexit

In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) is lobbying the government to focus on keeping European Union (EU) trade barriers to a minimum and to encourage investment in the UK through stronger copyright rules during its Brexit negotiations, reports the Bookseller. The PA’s key priorities for the UK’s new relationship with the European Union are outlined in a manifesto published on 6 September, and are informed by a survey on publishers’ worries after the UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June. A quarter of publishers surveyed said that access to the single market was the most important thing for the UK to negotiate for as it leaves the EU, while 38% said the main priority was a strong government commitment to the existing copyright framework and a third said retaining the freedom of movement of EU workers was their top priority. Print sales to Europe account for over 35% of the UK’s total export revenues and is the UK’s largest market for physical book exports.


Category: International news