The UK Communication Industries: the impact of a proposed UK Brexit from the EU


The European Union facilitates cross-border television broadcasting and on-demand services including those provided over the internet and mobile networks. More recently it revised rules on the free flow of personal data across European borders. The scale of cross-border communications services and data sharing and collection has risen dramatically in recent years.

According to the DCMS, the Creative Economy accounted for 2.55 million jobs in 2012, 1 out of every 12 jobs accounting for 8% of total service exports. According to a 2016 DCMS report, the GVA of the Digital Sector in 2014 was £118.3 billion with an annual growth rate of 8.9, accounting for 7.3 % of the UK Economy. The Commercial Broadcasters Association (COBA) reported that the multi-channel sector has doubled in employment over the last decade. What effect could withdrawal of the UK from the European Union (EU) have on the UK’s communications sector?

This project investigates the UK’s role in formulating EU communications policies to date, contributing to the literatures on regulatory competition and multi-level governance. It then assesses the anticipated impact of a possible Brexit on this role in current and future negotiations.

The project belongs to the UK in a Changing Europe’s theme “The Single Market as a Brexit Bridge”.