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Culture: What does Brexit mean for British Design?

A survey of the UK’s Creative Industries Federation members has shown that 96 per cent are in favour of remaining in the European Union.

Only four per cent of the membership organisation sided with the leave campaign, which would see a British exit – also known as Brexit – from the EU following the referendum on 23 June.

Devised by designer, philanthropist and London Design Festival co-founder John Sorrell, CIF is an independent body that represents the interests of the UK’s broad creative sector.

“The UK creative industries are key to the way we are seen by the world and deliver a massive £84.1 billion to our economy,” said Sorrell.

“Our position as a vital European creative hub is a huge part of this success – we benefit from a vast network of talented people, companies and institutions across Europe.”

The survey results were released to coincide with an open letter supporting the EU signed by nearly 300 high-profile creatives.

Architects David Chipperfield, Amanda Levete, Richard Rogers and David Adjaye and designers Ron Arad, John Pawson, Ilse Crawford and Thomas Heatherwick were among the signatories.

The letter said that Britain’s “global creative success would be severely weakened” if it was to leave the EU.

As Norway says “We pay, but have no say: that’s the reality of Norway’s relationship with the EU”. Do you really want that for Britain?  Avril?

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