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Freelance Workers “Important” After Brexit say Federation

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RSS 31 January 2017
So the Prime Minister Theresa May has made her speech about Brexit and the message is clear...we are going to leave the European Union.

While Mrs May didn't comment specifically on the role of freelance professionals in a post Brexit world, the Creative Industries Federation, also known as CIF, have released a statement saying that freelance workers will be more important than ever once we leave the European Union.

They have even gone so far as to say that freelance workers will now need acknowledging by the Prime Minister, no doubt when she makes another speech in regards to Brexit and what the country needs to do in order to have a strong economy.

I agree completely with what CIF are saying, and if you ask me, the government have never properly given freelancers the credit they deserve.

Who can forget Philip Hammond and his recent speech, where many thought that freelance professionals and self employed in general would get acknowledged, but were mostly ignored.

The only time he did mention self employed people was when it was time to complain about people not paying enough tax. You couldn't make it up really.

"Some specific skills gaps will need to be recognised and addressed, including the importance of those in freelance professions," said CIF.

I also think the prime minister needs to keep UK freelancers in mind when she and her team are doing trade negotiation with other European countries, so that we get a good deal and are not hindered in any way.

For example, right now around 42% of freelancers in the creative industries do some form of business with countries in the European Union. If Mrs May and her team get negotiations wrong then there are potentially thousands of freelance professionals in the UK who could lose work and money.

That is why it's very important that the government sit up and take on board the message from CIF, and make freelancers a priority.

Let's face it, if the UK are going to have a strong economy once out of the European Union then freelancers, contractors, and the self employed in general are going to be a big part of it.

To ignore them or not even acknowledge their importance is a big mistake, although I am sure that the Prime Minister and her staff won't do that...will they? I guess we will have to wait and find out, because when it comes to the government and people in it you never really know what they are going to do.

Some of them don't really a clue, but let's hope that common sense wins the day and freelance workers in the UK are given the credit and support they deserve.

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