Brexit and the art market (ctd.)

December 21 2017

The UK government has made much of its 'highly detailed' analysis of how the economy will be affected by Brexit. The Secretary of State for Leaving the EU, David Davis, said these covered 58 areas of economic activity, and had been undertaken to help guide negotiations with the EU. The analyses were published today (only after the government had been defeated in the House of Commons in their attempt to keep them secret), and it turns out the art market is not mentioned at all, not even in the paper on the UK's Creative Industries. Which is suprising since it is one of the few areas where the UK really does 'punch above its weight'; the UK art market is the second largest in the world. Much has been made of the art market's 'quietly quietly' approach to lobbying government, in the belief that it's better not to make too much of a fuss. It doesn't appear to be working.

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