Parliament fixes debate on musician visas in Europe

Parliament fixes debate on musician visas in Europe


norman lebrecht

December 31, 2020

More than 200,000 have signed a petition we posted this week, calling for a debate on restrictions for UK musicians who want to perform in the European Union.

No date has been set, but the Government has allocated parliamentary time to the issue.

A spokesperson told the BBC: ‘The UK pushed for a more ambitious agreement with the EU on the temporary movement of business travellers, which would have covered musicians and others, but our proposals were rejected by the EU.

‘We recognise that there could be some additional processes for those working in creative industries, but we have ensured that the visa application processes for longer-term business travel will be transparent to provide certainty and clarity.’


  • Mark (London) says:

    Notice the EU didn’t want a wider agreement on ‘musicians and business travellers’. These protest ors do better to email or hop over to Brussels

  • Zelda Macnamara says:

    “…our proposals were rejected by the EU” – I wonder what really happened? We cannot rely on this government to tell the truth about anything.

  • miko says:

    A spokesperson (for the hard right brexit government) told the BBC (a state mouthpiece bathed in its new found “Tory” “impartiality”): its the EU’s fault.
    That’s like saying the tennis club wont let me play despite not paying my subs. Have your cake and eat it? Johnson gave away the cake, so someone else is eating eat.

    • Anthony Sayer says:

      Nothing ‘hard right’ about a government led by PM Carrie Symonds and obsessed with green issues. As for the BBC being sympathetic to the Tories, well, it seems that 1st April has come early.

  • HugoPreuss says:

    This statement is completely meaningless. We need to know what exactly was in the proposal and why the EU rejected it (if it did, as proclaimed here). Just believing the Johnson administration can be detrimental to you health and your mental stability. It is the European equivalent of taking the tweets of Trump as gospel truth. So: more information, please. And from a reliable source.

  • Get real, everybody ! Barnier, and the unelected bosses of his organisation, brought much malice to the recent negotiations so that our government is not entirely guilty.

  • Laura Farrell says:

    Freedom of movement is quid pro quo. If the UK wanted to have freedom of movement for business travellers or posted workers it could have offered the same to EU workers.
    Clearly it didn’t.
    Oh well, you can still go and perform to literally empty venues in Ireland, should you wish.

  • Mark Pemberton says:

    Actually, the UK has implemented no cost visa-free access for EEA performing arts professionals. The EU has not reciprocated.