Statement from Culture Secretary John Whittingdale following the EU referendum on the DCMS sectors
Culture Secretary John Whittingdale MP said:
The British people have voted to leave the European Union, and the Government are now united in delivering the result and making sure that we secure the best possible future for the UK.
We will continue to look outward and to work with our European neighbours, as well as playing our full part in the world directly and through our role in organisations such as the UN, NATO, G7 and G20.
Britain’s economy is fundamentally strong and the Bank of England has set out the steps they are taking to reassure financial markets. It is important to re-emphasise that there will be no immediate changes and that there will also be new opportunities for the UK which we will seize.
DCMS will work closely with all of our sectors to make sure they have a voice as we now prepare for a negotiation to exit the EU. Our sectors are amongst some of the strongest and fastest growing, contributing 16 per cent of total Gross Value Added to the UK economy. We will support our sectors in seeking new arrangements which will maintain our trade relations and encourage them to look for new opportunities across the world.
Government is clear that we will represent the interests of all parts of the UK so they are protected and advanced. We will also continue working to deliver our agenda and take forward the important legislation that we set before Parliament in the Queen’s Speech.