European Union Demanded by writing a letter to the Government

Visa-free touring in the European Union has been demanded by UK’s biggest music stars by writing a letter to the government. 110 artists have signed the open letter among which Nicola Benedetti, Sir Elton John, and Liam Gallagher are too included. The UK musicians had been shamefully failed by the government over post Brexit travel rules, this had been said by them. The government said the signatories to ask the EU the reason behind their rejection of the sensible UK proposal. To address their concerns, Culture secretory Oliver Dowden will meet music industry representatives on Wednesday.


UK Musician Band | NNU
UK Musician Band | NNU

Culture minister Caroline Dinenage earlier this week said that the EU’s broad offer wouldn’t have been compatible with the government’s platform commitment to take control of their borders. Although she had her doors open if the EU was willing to consider the proposal of the UK to reach an agreement for musicians. While she confirmed the continent’s touring of musicians and artists along with the requirement to check visitor rules and domestic immigration for each member state in which they planned to tour. For musicians at the start of their career, it will be very expensive and potentially prohibitive as said by some industry experts to have multiple visas and work permits which may be required. On the open letter, there are the names of several artists which include Brian May, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Roger Daltrey, and many more. It is also signed by Daltrey, frontman of the Who who asked Sky News in 2019 that what is to be done by Brexit with the rock business.

UK Government Response

Culture Department | NNU
Culture Department | NNU

A UK government spokesperson said that the culture department and the musicians should ask the EU about the issue of touring outside Europe as they had rejected the government’s proposal to allow musicians to tour. And in the negotiations, the EU’s offer would not have worked with touring musicians as it didn’t deal with work permits at all and won’t even allow the support staff to tour with the artists. On Wednesday Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is going to host a roundtable conference with the representatives of the music industry about this issue.

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