(CelebrityAccess) – Industry umbrella organization UK Music has received assurances from the UK Government that touring artists will not be immediately impacted by post-Brexit immigration and customs restrictions following tonight’s critical Commons vote.
There is no doubt that Brexit poses a serious threat to the UK music industry, which currently contributes £4.5 billion a year to the UK economy. Tariffs, quotas and restrictions surrounding the freedom of movement of people and goods as well as copyright law would serve as a huge obstacle to touring artists.
UK Music’s chief executive, Michael Dugher, outlined these concerns and others in a recent letter to the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU).
Now, DExEU has responded.
Citing the implementation period from March 30, 2019 to December 31, 2020, DExEU said in a statement: “UK nationals, including musicians, will be able to travel and work in the EU as they do now.” The department went on to say that beyond 2020, it will “seek a specific co-operative accord with the EU which will make specific provision for mobility to allow UK musicians to perform in the EU, and EU musicians to perform in the UK.”
Junior DExEU minister Robin Walker MP added: “Music is one of the UK’s greatest success stories, producing talent that is recognised the world over. The UK’s decision to leave the EU will not change that and neither will it diminish our outstanding creativity.”
Read the Government’s full response here.