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Christine Jardine MP Talks about BREXIT and the Creative Industries

April 30, 2018 8:30 PM
By David Cooper
Originally published by West Berkshire & Newbury Liberal Democrats

On a bone chilling April day Christine Jardine MP drove from her Edinburgh constituency to West Berkshire to explain the impact of Brexit on the creative industries. In the UK these are worth £92 billion a year or 9% of the country's gross domestic product, and are closely connected to tourism. In her home town of Edinburgh the world famous arts festival brings in hundred of millions a year. Leaving the customs union will impose a huge bureaucratic overhead when moving performers and equipment between countries.

The venue was kindly provided by sculptor Johannes Von Stumm. The audience listed attentively despite the bitter cold of the huge unheated barn, surrounded by agricultural equipment, with Christine Jardine using a towed shooting trailer as an impromptu lecturn (see picture). Von Stumm, a German citizen who has lived in the UK for two decades, recounted how many foreign nationals are becoming increasingly fearful of the hostile enviornment that has been created by the rhetoric of Brexiteers which has poisoned the national mood.

The talk was followed by a superb tea provided by the formidible constituencey events team.

Christine Jardine MP takes questions from the West Berkshire Audience

Christine Jardine, standing on a shooting trailer, takes questions from the audience