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BPI comments on UK’s decision to leave European Union

By | Published on Friday 24 June 2016

European Commission

In the wake of the UK public deliberately choosing to fuck themselves over just for the thrills, record industry trade group the BPI has commented on the outcome of yesterday’s European Referendum. The British music industry, of course, overwhelming supported remaining within the European Union.

“The outcome of the EU Referendum will come as a surprise to many across the music community, who will be concerned by the economic uncertainty that lies ahead and the impact this may have on business prospects”, said BPI chief Geoff Taylor this morning. “However, the UK public has spoken, and once the short-term political and macro-economic consequences have played out, this decision will mean new priorities for the music industry in our work with government”.

He continued: “We will, of course, press the government to swiftly negotiate trade deals that will ensure unimpeded access to EU markets for our music and our touring artists. Our government will also now have the opportunity to legislate for stronger domestic copyright rules that encourage investment here in the UK and which will protect UK creators from piracy and from tech platforms siphoning off value through copyright loopholes”.

Concluding, Taylor said: “We are confident that British music will remain hugely popular across Europe and we will work hard to make sure UK labels are able to capitalise on that demand”.

For a look at the possible future now facing both the UK and European music industries, read Laura Snapes’ pretty comprehensive pre-Referendum report for Pitchfork and cry.