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World Brexit: London wants an agreement with each EU country for the free movement of artists

12:53  17 february  2021
12:53  17 february  2021 Source:   20minutes.fr

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Since the Brexit of December 31, 2020, British artists can no longer circulate in the European Union without

Le premier ministre britannique Boris Johnson visas © Amer Ghazzal / Cover images British Prime Minister Boris Johnson CULTURE - Since the Brexit of December 31, 2020, British artists can no longer travel in the European Union without

visas To allow British artists to travel without visas in the European Union , because of Brexit , the government of Boris Johnson wants to find agreements with each of the 27 EU member states separately.

At the end of a transitional period of its exit from the European Union, on December 31, 2020, the British government was strongly criticized for not having negotiated visa-free travel for touring artists and their teams as part of a free trade agreement with the EU.

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An agreement of the 27 countries "very complicated"

Addressing a parliamentary committee, the Secretary of State for Culture, Caroline Dinenage, declared that if "the door remains open" to further discussions with the EU, reaching a solution for the 27 as a whole would be "very complicated". She felt that the British government would have a better chance of success with "negotiations with individual states". “The biggest problem is the issue of work permits and this really falls within the competence of individual Member States. And that’s why we’re focusing our work on this, ”added Dinenage.

MEPs heard testimony from industry representatives who painted a grim picture of their future if travel within the EU was not made easier. "I think the negative impact of Brexit on the creative industries and in particular on independent (artists) has become even more brutal," said Deborah Annetts, CEO of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.

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"Make a choice between being British or a musician"

"It’s now a crisis. We believe there has to be a discussion between the government and the European Commission, ”she added, highlighting the dual impact of Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic on performers.

"We hear testimonies from people who say things like: 'I have the impression that I have to make a choice between being British or a musician" ", also declared Paule Constable, member of the freelance collective Freelancers Make Theater Work. A petition supported by British stars to demand an exemption from visas for music professionals and artists has gathered more than 280,000 signatories.

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