UK EU Referendum: historic day as the British public votes to leave Europe


  • The UK will begin the process to leave the EU
  • Total votes counted: 33,577,342; Leave: 17,410,742; Remain: 16,141,241 Turnout: 72 per cent
  • David Cameron to resign as Prime Minister in three months ­– new leadership race to begin
  • Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty will be actioned under newly-appointed Prime Minister
  • Exit from EU expected to take in excess of two years
  • FTSE 30 year low: at 8.09am GBP plunges, £137bn wiped off UK blue chip stocks: 9.58am, 40bn wiped from British Banks, follow live reports here
  • EU stock markets plunge
  • Mark Carney says Bank of England will pledge £250bn to support stabilising UK business

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As the UK wakes up to a momentous day in history, the UK’s Creative Industries Federation (CIF) promises to make creative voice heard as UK withdraws from Europe.

In a press statement released this morning, independent body CIF has pledged it will play ‘a positive role in safeguarding the future of the UK’s arts, creative industries and cultural education and their significant contribution to the economy in light of the decision to leave the European Union.’

John Kampfner, chief executive, said: ‘As the UK creates a new identity and a new position on the world stage, our arts and creative industries – the fastest growing sector in the economy – will play an important role.

‘It will be vital for all sides to work together to ensure that the interests of our sector on issues including access to funding and talent are safeguarded as the UK forges its new relationship with Europe. The importance of British culture in representing our country to the world will be greater than ever.’

The UK referendum campaign that has dominated the media highlighted deep social, geographic and economic divisions in the country.

Added Kampfner: ‘Within the UK, we will play our part in helping to bridge divides within and between the nations and regions of the country.’

CIF held a high-profile debate on the EU in April, with a members’ poll showing an overwhelming vote in favour of remaining.

CIF plans to hold a series of events to engage the creative community on charting a way ahead. Details to be released shortly.

In numbers: (data by CIF)

  • The creative industries were worth £84.1bn to the economy in 2013-2014 and grew by 8.9 per cent: almost double the rate of the economy as a whole. Europe is currently the largest export market for the creative industries, taking 57 per cent of all overseas trade.
  • The Federation’s own EU survey of members showed more than 96 per cent support for Remain, with four per cent in favour of Leave*. (A number of Federation members were by statute unable to participate in the poll. These included members in receipt of government funding, those that are arms-length governmental bodies, such as Arts Council England or Creative Scotland, or have public service broadcasting obligations.)