MUSICIANS have hit out at the UK Government over “devastating” post-Brexit red tape for the live music industry.
New UK travel rules came into force at the beginning of the year and do not guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the EU.
Almost 300,000 people, including Sir Elton John, have signed a petition calling for a Europe-wide visa work permit for touring musicians and artists which MPs will debate this afternoon. The letter said performers have been “shamefully failed” by the visa rules.
Scottish trad singer, Iona Fyfe, told BBC Radio Scotland: “The petition is to put pressure on the Government to do a U-turn and effectively get a deal for musicians. I think that when the Brexit deal came out musicians and sportsmen were just not catered for at all.
“There has been a bit of back and forth in who is to blame for this breakdown in communication with Michael…
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