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Chipperfield among key backers of British Council’s Brexit proposals

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David Chipperfield has pledged his support to recommendations delivered to Brexit negotiators in a bid to secure the futures of those working in the fields of innovation, research and the arts

The architect is joined by the likes of artist Mark Wallinger and scientist and broadcaster Brian Cox, who have also thrown their weight behind a set of recommendations drawn up by the British Council, the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations.

The proposals include creating a new ‘culture and education permit’, allowing more cross-border collaboration following Brexit.

The recommendations, which have already been discussed by the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, were drawn up following a consultation of more than 500 leaders in education, science and research, arts and culture from across Europe organised by the British Council.

The document has so far received 400 official endorsements from people in 28 European countries.

The recommendations include

  • Ensuring those in the education, culture and science sectors and young people involved in exchanges remain able to move easily between the UK and other EU countries, possibly in the form of a simple, cheap and easy-to-obtain ‘culture and education permit’;
  • Guaranteeing residency rights for EU nationals currently living and working in the UK and vice-versa;
  • Continued UK participation in and contribution to multilateral programmes such as Erasmus+, Horizon 2020, Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions and Creative Europe;
  • Engaging young people in future policy-making and offering every young person in the UK and other European countries the opportunity of an inter-cultural and international experience, through areas such as study, work, performance, research, language learning or exchanges.

British Council chief executive Ciarán Devane said: ‘There is strong will across Europe for continued close collaboration in arts and culture, science and research, skills and education to the mutual benefit of all countries involved.

‘As individuals we all invest in our friendships, so we must invest in our European friendships. We cannot take them for granted. These recommendations shore up the fields that will underpin our current societies and future relationships with the Continent and may ease fractious relationships as the politics of Brexit proceed.

‘By accepting these recommendations the UK and EU27 can prove they value good relationships and strengthened cultural ties with neighbouring countries.’

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