Elton John and Sting are amongst 110 musical artists who’ve signed an open letter to the U.Ok. authorities demanding visa-free touring within the European Union (EU).
The letter comes after the federal government confirmed it had turned down a post-Brexit deal which might have enabled touring within the E.U. with out visas, with tradition minister Caroline Dinenage saying that the association “wouldn’t have been appropriate with the federal government’s manifesto dedication to take again management of our borders”.
Whereas she mentioned that the “door is open” for the E.U. to contemplate the U.Ok.’s “very wise proposals”, she added that musicians and artists touring Europe “might be required to verify home immigration and customer guidelines for every member state through which they intend to tour”.
Nonetheless, the dearth of a deal did not go down effectively with a few of the largest names within the music business, together with Liam Gallagher, Brian Might, Roger Daltrey, Radiohead, and Glastonbury Pageant founder Michael Eavis.
The letter, organised by the Integrated Society of Musicians, reads: “The fact is that British musicians, dancers, actors and their assist employees have been shamefully failed by their authorities.
“The deal achieved with the E.U. has a gaping gap the place the promised free motion for musicians ought to be. Everybody on a European music tour will now want pricey work permits for a lot of nations they go to and a mountain of paperwork for his or her tools.”
It added: “We name on the federal government to urgently do what it mentioned it might do and negotiate paperwork-free journey in Europe for British artists and their tools.
“For the sake of British followers desirous to see European performers within the U.Ok. and British venues wishing to host them, the deal ought to be reciprocal.”
The Who star Daltrey added to Sky Information of the letter: “What’s (Brexit) obtained to do with the rock enterprise? As if we did not tour in Europe earlier than the E.U..”