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BREXIT STATEMENT FROM LAPADA CEO REBECCA DAVIES

June 2016

LAPADA CEO Rebecca Davies

Following the EU referendum, Rebecca Davies, Chief Executive of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, gives her perspective on BREXIT:

“I have always believed that whatever the result, a period of calm reflection, bridge building and stability must be a priority. It is in all of our interests.

“As has been evident throughout the debate, predicting the consequences of leaving or remaining has been a tricky business and it would be unwise to be overly confident of any detailed forecasting at this stage.

In many ways leaving the European Union does not mean leaving Europe. We are still friends and neighbours. Working relationships do not depend solely on the law, but on mutual interest and goodwill, which together have the potential for establishing far stronger bonds in the long term.

I believe that this should be the focus moving forwards, but I also believe that if leaving creates new opportunities further afield, then we should be looking at how we can best develop those in tandem with our interests within Europe itself.

As a trade association, it is important to represent the interests of our members first and foremost, but I believe these interests and those of the wider market are not mutually exclusive.

With this in mind, priorities for members are likely to be twofold: reducing barriers to business, such as red tape and its associated costs, and taking full advantage of the global market by removing any existing competitive disadvantage.

I’m sure that a number of dealers would want the Government to review the Artist’s Resale Right. It might also be useful to revisit the Government’s Balance of Competences Review, which it undertook in 2012. That looked at how EU legislation affects the UK and could act as a guide to what most urgently needs our attention now, such as competition law and regulations concerning cultural goods.

Another thing we will do is consult our members to see what their priorities are now.

What I would not advocate is any hasty reaction that we might live to regret.”

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