Chris White MP

MP for Warwick & Leamington

10 MAR 2017

Video Games

This week, as part of my role as Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Video Games, I chaired a meeting that brought together MPs, representatives of the games industry and civil servants to discuss the implications of leaving the EU and what constitutes a positive outcome from the negotiations in securing long-term prosperity for the sector.

My involvement in the APPG stems from the strong presence of video games companies in our constituency, making up one of the biggest clusters outside of London. Supporting the sector is therefore a priority for me, with a large number of local residents employed in local games companies which contribute an enormous amount to the local economy.

The event was hosted alongside trade association, Ukie, which has produced a new report on the priorities for the sector as we prepare to leave the EU. The report, State of Play, notes the wide range of requirements for games companies to flourish, from attracting skills and talent to continuing to receive funding. At the APPG meeting, we discussed the merits of the document and heard from senior civil servants who will play a role in setting negotiating objectives.

The UK video games industry is the 6th largest in the world and Brexit will have a significant impact on our international economic relations. We must embrace the opportunities available to us and aim to increase our share of the global market. Much of our work in support of the sector can also tie into the Government's Industrial Strategy, particularly in investing in Research & Development and a strong skills base.

We must provide certainty to the video games sector and the wider economy that the UK will remain an excellent place to do business. Warwick and Leamington is a prime example of that.

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