The end of freedom of movement
We see different stories on the news every day about Brexit, where one day a deal might be on and the next it’s probably off, but at the moment it’s all about fishing. However, there are certain things that are going to change no matter what is decided, or not, at some point this month, because freedom of movement will end on 31 December.
Visiting EU countries, which can be up to a maximum of 90 days in any 180-day period in the Schengen area, requires six months’ validity on your passport, an international driving licence if needed, health insurance (as the EHIC will cease), and at the border being prepared to show a return ticket and evidence of sufficient funds for the length of your stay.
Travelling for short-term work in Europe will require checking each country’s regulations on work permits, because each member state is likely to have different conditions for third country nationals. For example, in France, cultural or artistic workers are allowed to work without a permit for up to 90 days, in Norway a permit is not needed for fewer than 14 days of work per year, and in Italy a work permit is needed for any length of time (but an exemption might be possible depending on the fame of the artist). Clearly, this is going to make touring extremely complicated. To add to this, some countries including France will charge tax on earnings in that country meaning that musicians will be facing double deductions. There was a form called the A1 that prevented this from happening, but so far HMRC have not confirmed if this will be replaced with anything.