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Music and dance professionals give evidence on movement of people after Brexit

7 February 2018

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from representatives of music and dance industry professional bodies on the movement of people in the field of culture after the UK leaves the EU. The evidence session covers the benefits and drawbacks of the different options for migration to the UK of EU citizens working in cultural industries, including the effects on the numbers of people migrating, the ramifications for employers, and the possible repercussions for UK citizens should they face reciprocal restrictions in EU countries.


Wednesday 7 February, Committee Room 3, Palace of  Westminster

At 10.45am

  • Mark Pemberton, Director, Association of British Orchestras
  • Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive, One Dance UK
  • Horace Trubridge, General Secretary, Musicians' Union

Likely questions

  • What are the key choices relating to UK-EU migration for the Government to consider in advance of phase 2 of the Brexit negotiations?
  • If the immigration system for EU migration were to be merged with the existing regime governing migration from non-EU/EEA countries, could we expect to see increased wages or higher employment levels for British workers? In the case of the music and performing arts sector, could increased wages come at the expense of higher prices for consumers for items such as concert tickets or recorded music?
  • What should the Government's policy be towards temporary workers or touring artists coming to the UK and vice versa after the UK leaves the EU? What would be the impact on your sector if the system fell back on the existing rules for non-EU/EEA nationals?

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