LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — As the deadline for the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union draws near, the country’s Musicians’ Union has thrown its weight behind a visa for musicians touring the EU.
The Union called for travel documents that are affordable, multi-entry, admin-light and cover all EU member states.
“Music, and the performing arts more generally, rely on the exchange of ideas and interaction between performers of different nationalities,” Horace Trubridge, MU General Secretary said. “We love working in the EU and we love artists coming over here. If musicians can’t travel easily both ways, our reputation as a country that embraces all arts and culture will be severely damaged.”
The touring visa is similar to a proposal for a touring passport that has been offered by the industry association UK Music.
The UK is set to leave the European Union on March 29th and when it does, citizens of the UK will likely lose the ability to travel freely among the member nations of the European Union.
The UK government, led by Prime Minister Theresa May, has yet to hammer out a grand bargain with the EU to define what the post-Brexit relationship between the UK and EU will look like.
However, both sides still say they are working towards having an agreement worked out by the end of November.