Brexit information: EU pins blame on UK as enormous spat erupts – ‘Wants two to make a deal!’ | Politics | Information
“However you might want to be two to make a deal.”
Following the tip of the Brexit transition interval on New 12 months’s Eve, British musicians and crews are now not assured visa-free journey, which means they could require extra work permits to carry out in some European nations.
Beneath the commerce deal agreed between the UK and EU final month, British bands can tour Europe for as much as 90 days in a 180-day interval.
However performers would require additional visas for paid work for excursions in Germany and Spain, whereas these in France and The Netherlands won’t.
The Affiliation of British Orchestras has claimed truck drivers transporting stage tools for musicians should now return house to the UK after visiting two EU member states.
However an EU spokesperson advised the BBC: “The UK has chosen to now not permit the free motion of EU residents to the UK. It additionally refused to incorporate a chapter on mobility within the settlement.
“These selections inevitably imply that journey between the EU and the UK – together with for enterprise functions – will now not be as straightforward because it was whereas the UK was a member state.”
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The spokesperson claimed the UK “refused to incorporate a dedication on visa-free quick stays”, which means the likes of musicians, sportspeople and journalists wouldn’t have required particular person visas.
He added: “Consequently, it’s now as much as every member state to find out if a visa is required for short-stay visits for the aim of finishing up a paid exercise. That is absolutely according to EU regulation.”
Downing Road has beforehand insisted it “pushed for a extra bold settlement with the EU on the momentary motion of enterprise travellers, which might have lined musicians and others, however our proposals have been rejected by the EU”.
This week, the Authorities added “the door stays open ought to the EU change its thoughts”, whereas Tradition Secretary Oliver Dowden lashed out on the EU for “letting down music on each side of the Channel – not us”.
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The backlash has been ramped up following a petition signed by greater than a quarter-of-a-million folks, together with artists Laura Marling, Biffy Clyro and Dua Lipa.
They’re urging the Authorities to “negotiate a free cultural work allow” that may allow “bands, musicians, artists, TV and sports activities celebrities that tour the EU to carry out exhibits and occasions and carnet exception for touring tools”.
Throughout Prime Minister‘s Questions within the Home of Commons on Wednesday, Boris Johnson promised meet MPs over these points dealing with the UK music business.
He stated: “I do know that our associates within the EU shall be desirous to go additional to enhance issues for not simply musicians, however enterprise travellers of all types. There’s a mutual profit.”
However Musicians’ Union Common Secretary Horace Trubridge desires the Prime Minister to supply higher assist for UK artists that wish to tour all through Europe as soon as Covid restrictions are lifted in a number of nations.
He stated: “Our business has been extremely badly hit by the Covid-19 disaster and if our members are additionally restricted by extra prices and purple tape on touring as soon as issues begin to return to regular, we are going to see an actual downturn in what’s a singular British success story: Music.”