MP backs cre­ative sec­tor

The Oban Times - - News -

ARGYLL and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara, newly ap­pointed spokesper­son for the SNP on cul­ture, me­dia and sport, gave his sup­port to the cre­ative in­dus­tries at an event in West­min­ster aimed at high­light­ing the po­ten­tial risks of Brexit.

Mr O’Hara said: ‘It is vi­tal that the UK gov­ern­ment gets the best pos­si­ble deal for the sec­tor as it af­fects the abil­ity to tour and trade eas­ily with the UK’s largest ex­port mar­ket and to at­tract tal­ent, EU arts fund­ing, work­ers’ rights and the rights of EU cit­i­zens in the UK.

‘Mu­si­cians are rightly con­cerned that the Brexit process may lead to the in­tro­duc­tion of work per­mits and visas for Bri­tish tal­ent tour­ing and work­ing across Europe which, as you can imag­ine, would be prob­lem­atic if you are work­ing in sev­eral different Euro­pean coun­tries over the course of a few days.

‘So I have no hes­i­ta­tion in giv­ing my sup­port to pro­fes­sional mu­si­cians and per­form­ers in Argyll and Bute and will urge the UK gov­ern­ment to en­sure that they can con­tinue to travel eas­ily across Europe post-Brexit for tour­ing and per­form­ing with min­i­mum bur­dens placed upon them.’

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