Liam Gallagher, Ed Sheeran and Elton John slam Brexit deal shunning visa-free travel for musicians
The likes of Elton John, Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran have all signed an open letter to criticise the UK Government’s Brexit deal, which has shunned the chance for touring musicians to enjoy visa-free travel in Europe.
More than 100 musicians say they have been “shamefully failed” by the post-Brexit trade deal in a new open letter published in The Times.
The letter, which has also been backed by the likes of Queen‘s Brian May and Roger Waters, calls on the government to “urgently do what it said it would do and negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment”.
As well as warning of a “gaping hole” where free movement previously existed, the signees argue that the cost of permits and other regulations will make “many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians who are already struggling to keep their heads above water owing to the Covid ban on live music”.