MUSICIANS and artists need visa-free access to EU countries to enable them to tour once the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, Scotland’s Culture Secretary has argued.
Fiona Hyslop said post-Brexit travel arrangements had imposed “huge barriers” on the culture sector.
In the aftermath of the Brexit transition period, musicians no longer have assurances of visa-free travel around the EU.
She said: “Scotland didn’t vote for Brexit, but Scottish artists and musicians are facing huge barriers to touring and other short-term international work compared to their EU counterparts and will have to understand and comply with 27 different visa regimes.”
Hyslop has written to Oliver Dowden, the UK Culture Secretary, seeking an urgent meeting and imploring the UK Government to “take action”.
“It remains a fact that Europe is the most important international market…
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