Far be it from me to write anything about Brexit but a major publisher has pointed out that post-Brexit (I shudder just typing the phrase), the UK will no longer have the same rights over the English language as it did before the UK voted to stab itself in the eye repeatedly until dead.
How so? Under EU conventions, the UK traditional publishers hold rights over English versions of published works across the EU. Once the UK leaves the club then they will be treated as any other non-EU member might be and will be forced to compete with, say, US publishing giants for the rights to publish works in English in the EU.
And the result? Less money made by UK publishing companies so less money to invest in new authors. Profits will be down and you can bet there’ll be a reduction in the number of big publishing houses within ten years. That’s how markets operate.
Of course, that is no argument for suggesting there should be a second referendum. But I hope common sense will prevail at some point in the proceedings. Surely?