Peers question government about musicians and Brexit
Today (21 October), the House of Lords considered a question from The Earl of Clancarty about: "Reciprocal agreement on visa-free short-term travel mobility in negotiations for the UK’s departure from the EU".
This debate was notable because so many peers chose to highlight the needs of musicians in particular, with many drawing on briefings and other resources provided by the ISM. It is encouraging that "the government recognises the importance of touring for UK musicians" and that "musicians are very much in [their] mind" during negotiations with the EU. Thanks to the tireless campaigning of the ISM and other music bodies, we welcome that progress appears to be taking place and dialogue within the highest levels of government is shifting, as more politicians listen to our sector.
As our campaigning work on Brexit continues, we will continue to work with peers to hold the government to account and seek answers about how the needs of musicians are being considered during negotiations with the EU.
The Earl of Clancarty
The Earl of Clanacarty asked a question about informal extended periods abroad for artists and musicians.
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town asked a question about reciprocal measures for youth mobility.
Baroness Ludford asked a question about multi-entry visas for musicians and their instruments.
Lord Wigley asked a question about performing musicians working at short-notice in other parts of the continent.
Lord True, Minister of State for Political Affairs
At the start of the debate, Lord True responded for the government by explaining their current position in negotiations.