Doorway open to talks with EU on visa preparations for musicians, minister suggests

A minister explained “the doorway is open” if the EU was prepared to “consider the UK’s extremely sensible proposals” on visa arrangements for musicians.

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Culture minister Caroline Dinenage mentioned the EU rejected the UK’s prepare, but explained the Authorities is keen to go over the scenario all over again.

The UK’s put up-Brexit travel procedures, which came into pressure on January 1, do not warranty visa-free of charge travel for musicians.

SNP MP Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire) claimed musicians are staying addressed as “mere collateral” by the Govt.

Referring to his times touring in Europe with the band Runrig, Mr Wishart advised the Commons: “Touring Europe indicates almost everything to our artists and musicians.

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“The thrill of that first tour, crammed into the Transit van with all your equipment, 4 to a room in a low-cost hotel in Paris, Rotterdam or Hamburg.

“Using what’s remaining of the charge for a submit-gig beer.

“The dream that when you arrive back again it will be a lavish tour bus, being in 5-star resorts.

“Gone, all gone.

“Musicians and artists mere collateral in this Government’s obsession in ending freedom of movement.”

Responding to the urgent query, Ms Dinenage reported: “This is exceptionally disappointing news for the new music sector, it is not the deal that we wished.

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“But I’m fearful that in several other senses he (Mr Wishart) has fallen for some incredibly selective briefing.

“The EU did not provide a offer that would have worked for musicians.

“It’s rather very simple, the EU in reality made a pretty wide provide which would not have been appropriate with the Government’s manifesto determination to choose back again control of our borders.”

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She added: “Let’s aim on the future, if the EU is eager to take into account the UK’s extremely smart proposals then the doorway is open… I am really joyful to wander as a result of it. I will be the very first one particular via that door.”

Ms Dinenage claimed the Office for Digital, Lifestyle, Media and Sport will discuss to the Treasury about help for the marketplace.

Responding to Labour MP Mary Kelly Foy (Metropolis of Durham), Ms Dinenage said: “As ever, we want to make sure that our tunes business is supported.

“We supported them with the cultural recovery fund and Arts Council England have a entire array of grants and economic support on supply.

“But in terms of this certain challenge, we’ll be talking to colleagues in the Treasury to see no matter whether any assist can be place ahead at a foreseeable future fiscal event.”

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Ms Dinenage said a 90-working day visa-absolutely free journey interval for musicians was not available by the EU.

Labour previous minister Ben Bradshaw stated: “The minister and Conservative MPs maintain boasting that they manufactured this amazing supply but we just can’t take a look at that can we, simply because they haven’t revealed it?

“The EU has, it is there in black and white – and on site 171 of the draft agreement from March past 12 months allowing for 90-working day visa-no cost touring by British musicians and other cultural activities.

“So will the minister now publish the Government’s proposal so we can see where by the reality lies?”

Ms Dinenage replied: “Well I’d have to proper (Mr Bradshaw) simply because the doc doesn’t say 90-days visa-free touring by Uk musicians, it is a large amount a lot more opaque than that which is why couldn’t only sign up to that since it would not have shipped what we desired for our musicians and just flew in the confront of what the British community voted for in the circumstance of managing our borders.

“But, as I’ve now claimed, I’ll converse to colleagues across BEIS and the House Office to see what far more we can publish on the information of the negotiations.”