Due to Brexit, musicians can no longer move freely between the UK and the European Union for their tours for lack of agreement between London and Brussels, which provoked protests from stars such as Dua Lipa or Thom Yorke.
The Radiohead singer called the government of Boris Johnson “soft” and Tim Burgess, leader of the indie group The Charlatans, accused the executive of “treating artists with (…) contempt.”
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But the British government claimed to have proposed to the EU “an ambitious deal on temporary business trips that would have covered musicians.” And “the EU refused,” said a spokesman for the prime minister.
According to the newspaper The Independent, which cited a European source in Brussels, it was the United Kingdom that rejected a standard EU proposal, granting a three-month visa waiver for artists and creators, in search of better conditions than not. got.
So, with the end of free movement between the continent and the United Kingdom from 1 January, all musicians now have to obtain individual visas before traveling to any EU country, and all of them in case of a continental tour, which entails additional costs in time and money.
A petition to the government and parliament calling for a visa waiver for music professionals and other artists collected more than 247,000 signatures.
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Several stars, including One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Dua Lipa, have asked their fans to support her.
The British music industry is already devastated by the Covid-19 pandemic and new restrictions against the coronavirus have undated the prospect of a return to concert halls, tours and festivals.