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Government urged to work with EU Member states on arrangements for touring creative professionals

20 January 2022

The House of Lords European Affairs Committee has today published a further letter to the Government setting out continuing concerns about the impact the lack of provision in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the movement of creative professionals is having on the creative industries.

Background

On 14 September 2021 the House of Lords European Affairs Committee heard evidence from industry experts on the impact of the lack of provision in the Trade and Cooperation Agreement on the creative industries following the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The creative industries are one of the UK’s most important export industries, with the music industry alone valued at £5.8bn and employing more than 100,000 people. This sector has been particularly badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and is only now beginning to recover. The Committee heard compelling evidence that this recovery is critically threatened by the restrictions on touring and performing in Europe that have been imposed as a result of the UK’s exit from the European Union.

The Letter

The Committee continues to urge the Government to work with each EU Member State to negotiate arrangements that enable creative professionals to tour for their work, particularly with those Member States whose visa-free travel arrangements are so restrictive as to make touring impossible.

The Committee remains concerned about the disproportionate impact of the end of free movement on young musicians. The Committee heard clear evidence that young classical musicians, in particular, were being forced out of the profession because they were no longer able to travel to a county that is a member of the European Union for work at short notice.

The Committee urges the Government to make full use of the institutional structures established under the TCA, in addition to bilateral negotiations with Member States, to raise these issues with the EU as a whole.

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