Brexit implications for BECTU members

While being politically independent, we have legitimate concerns for our members, whom we will always stand up for.

To assist you at this unprecedented time, we’ve compiled some materials to guide you through the implications of Brexit.

Fuelled by uncertainty, our increased concerns enabled us to reach a member-led list of priorities likely to affect workers in performance, film, TV, theatre and events industries.

Our recent new policy, agreed at our parent union Prospect’s 2018 conference, placed employment decisions at its heart.

Our position

We are working to ensure our members’ interests are included in the Brexit negotiations – the Irish border issue, membership of EU agencies and maintaining funding and collaboration in arts and entertainment.

We are also working to support the rights of EU citizens in the UK; to support a democratic vote on the final outcome of the negotiations, and ultimately, against a ‘no deal’ Brexit.


We have produced a comprehensive Brexit Implications for BECTU members booklet that outlines our concerns based on a number of policy areas outlined in the government’s White Paper published in June 2018. The booklet addresses:

  • Equipment and cross-border working
  • Copyright law governed by EU directives
  • Funding
  • Tax and state aid
  • Country of origin and free movement of workers
  • Workers’ rights
  • People and skills

You will also find consolidated information on what we are campaigning for both in the Brexit negotiations process and the deal itself. The booklet also offers more ways to get involved.

Also attached to this page is a Guidance for EU workers on applying for settled status booklet from Prospect and you can find links to BFI Brexit: Answering questions from the screen sectors and a detailed study of Brexit on the European Audio-visual market by the Council of Europe's Audiovisual Observatory.