Brexit: what it means for you

The UK voted to leave the EU on 23 June 2016.

After a deal was signed between the UK and the EU, the UK will be leaving at 11:00pm on Friday 31 January 2020 and entering into a transitional period which will end on 31 December 2020.

However, there remains a great deal of uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the possibility of the UK leaving the EU with a 'bare bones' Brexit deal on 31 December 2020.

Therefore, it is essential for you to think carefully about what Brexit could mean for your work, especially if you travel regularly to the EU27/EEA.

When will significant changes happen?

While your rights as an EU citizen currently remain unchanged, large organisations, micro-businesses and freelancers are all making preparations for Brexit. No significant changes will take place until January 1 2021. We will continue to engage with the Government, Parliamentarians and civil servants to ensure that the voice of musicians is heard. Be sure to keep an eye on our Brexit advice page for updates.

Freedom of movement, contracts, and finances

Even if we exit the EU with a comprehensive, all-encompassing deal, current freedom of movement rules will end for UK citizens, meaning that it will be more expensive and more complicated for musicians and their instruments to cross borders. Pre-existing contracts with EU partners will need to be reviewed, as pieces of legislation could cease to apply after Brexit, meanings of definitions and terminology used in contracts might change and there may be financial consequences arising from fluctuations in currency, as well as new costs.

We have calculated that musicians who travel to the EU27/EEA and carry an instrument may incur additional costs of up to £1,000 per year in the worst case, post-transition period Brexit scenario. Please visit Save Music's Key Information page for details of the issues musicians may face.

How to keep updated

We look at all of the issues mentioned above in greater detail in our articles below, to help you understand how your work may be affected and create contingency plans. We particularly recommend reading our latest Brexit blog post, which details the key things you need to know now, as well as using our Brexit essentials kit.

For further information, please read the Government's advice on the UK exiting the EU, which covers various topics.

Updated 29 January 2020.

Our latest Brexit advice

Brexit essentials kit for ISM members

From visas to car hire, accommodation to advice, we've highlighted a range of member services to help you get organised and save money when you're working in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Updated August 2019

'Bare bones' Brexit deal

'Bare bones' deal: instruments in transit

Read our advice for transporting instruments into the EU, if there is not a comprehensive deal arranged with the EU following the UK's departure from the EU.

Updated January 2020

More Brexit advice

Brexit and contracts

How to Brexit-proof future or existing contracts with EU organisations.

Updated August 2019

Recent ISM Brexit statements

'Bare bones' deal Brexit: further ports will be CITES-designated

The UK Government has confirmed that an additional four ports (Belfast Seaport, Dover, Eurotunnel and Holyhead) will be designated to handle the movement of protected animals or plants in the event of that the UK does not agree a comprehensive deal with the EU before the transition period ends.

ISM Brexit research