Brexit: Why are performers unhappy with touring rules after UK leaves EU? | Ents & Arts News
For some time, leading artists have criticized the government for its lack of support for those touring on the continent.
Since Brexit the agreement was concluded last year, there was industry suggestions that the rules concerning work visas after departure from the United Kingdom on European Union made it more difficult to perform in these countries.
Visa-free travel for creatives is no longer guaranteed for musicians and performers when traveling to EU members.
What are the potential problems?
Lack of visa-free travel could make it more difficult to obtain the licenses and authorizations needed to perform in the EU.
Performers, crew and staff should all apply for permission to work in the venues where they perform, which could lead to increased fees, depending on the rules put in place by each country.
There could also be additional restrictions on any equipment that needs to be transported, or filming that may want to be done.
And permission would not necessarily be granted to those who request it either.
Before leaving the EU, the freedom of movement rules meant that performers could organize concerts and concerts, largely free from these rules.
For less established artists, this could mean that the opportunity to perform in European countries is taken away from them, with the benefits being outweighed by the new barriers.
There are also restrictions and probable rules for artists from the European Union coming to perform in the UK.
The exact costs and amount of permissions will likely vary by country, but unions and artists certainly anticipate additional paperwork and significant costs in the future.
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What do the interpreters say?
The industry has accused the government of failing to negotiate new rules on its behalf.
Leading the charge is Sir Elton John, who warned of “looming disaster” because of the new restrictions.
He told The Observer he was “livid about what the government did when Brexit happened”.
Sir Elton added: “They haven’t made any arrangements for the entertainment industry, and not just for the musicians, the actors and the directors, but for the crews, the dancers, the people who make a living going to Europe. . “
He had previously met Lord Frost, the man who negotiated the Brexit deal on behalf of the government.
Elsewhere, a Musicians Union campaign called #LetTheMusicMove has been signed by the likes of Idris Elba, Blur and Radiohead, and calls on the government to help cover the costs of the new rules and come up with a long-term solution to avoid fees and red save.
On top of that, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson, who voted “Leave in the EU Referendum,” said he was not a fan of the government’s approach to the situation, telling Sky News: being able to play in Europe, and Europeans not being able to play here and work permits and all the rest of the garbage – come on – get yourselves together. “
What is the government saying?
Oliver Dowden, the Culture Secretary, previously said visa-free tours are now possible, in one form or another, to 17 EU countries.
Lord Frost told a committee of MPs that resolving the issue was a “top priority” for the government, adding that he hoped to deliver good news on the prospect of a European tour later this year.
Brussels and Westminster blamed each other for the problems, each claiming the other side had rejected their proposals.
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A government spokesperson previously said: “We want performers or other creative professionals to be able to tour abroad easily.
“Short-term temporary visits for paid performances by British artists are possible in at least 17 EU countries, including France, Germany and the Netherlands, without the need for a visa or work permit. .
“However, we recognize the challenges the industry still faces.
“This is why we are working closely with individual Member States to encourage them to take a more flexible approach, in line with the UK’s own rules which make it easy for creative professionals to travel here.”