MP backs cam­paign for tour­ing mu­si­cians

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

Ar­gyll and Bute MP Bren­dan O’Hara and newly ap­pointed spokesper­son for the SNP on cul­ture, me­dia and sport gave his sup­port to the cre­ative in­dus­try 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 – 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 that the Brexit process may lead to the in­tro­duc­tion of work per­mits and visas for Bri­tish mu­si­cians 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.’

Ho­race Trubridge, the Mu­si­cians’ Union Gen­eral Sec­re­tary said: ‘Bri­tish mu­si­cians have long en­joyed easy ac­cess to tour­ing in Europe, as UK venues and fes­ti­vals have ben­e­fited from easy ac­cess to Euro­pean per­form­ers.

‘We know from tour­ing in the US and else­where, that visas and other re­stric­tions im­pose sig­nif­i­cant costs and ad­min­is­tra­tion, and oc­ca­sion­ally con­sid­er­able fi­nan­cial loss when visas aren’t pro­cessed in time.

‘We are call­ing on MPs and the Gov­ern­ment to help se­cure a deal that will en­sure ease of move­ment for tour­ing and per­form­ing post-Brexit.’

Brexit agree­ments must be in place for mu­si­cians.

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