Given the UK’s forthcoming departure from the EU, there is no indication in the short term that the Government intends to amend the legislation referred to in Section 4. However, this cannot be ruled out in the medium to long term.
The UK has no written constitution, depending instead on the body of case law. There is no over-arching legislative legislation governing culture. The Human Rights Act 1998, which came into force in the UK in 2000, sets out the fundamental rights and freedoms that everyone is entitled to, including Article 10 on Freedom of Expression. Following the closure of some controversial or challenging exhibitions and productions in the UK, Index on Censorship and Vivarta published a series of legal guidance on freedom of expression for artists, artistic directors, cultural organisations and venues planning to present or exhibit potentially controversial work. These include legal regulations on public order, obscene publications, child protection and counter terrorism.
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