ISM statement on the result of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement vote

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), founders of the Save Music campaign, has responded to MPs’ defeat of the Government’s Brexit deal.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), said:

'We were disappointed that the Government’s Brexit deal ends freedom of movement without putting in place a clear system for retaining current mobility rights for musicians.

Unfortunately, the defeat of the Government’s Brexit deal does not mean things will continue as normal. Unless the Government acts, Britain is now less than ten weeks from crashing out of the EU without a deal, ending current mobility rules overnight and causing huge economic and social disruption.

As our report Musicians and Brexit revealed, an end to freedom of movement will have a major negative impact on the music industry, with a third of musicians relying on work in the EU27 for at least half their income.

If Brexit is to go ahead as planned, we urge the Government to put forward an alternative deal that protects freedom of movement rights for musicians after Brexit. If freedom of movement is to end, the Government must ensure that free movement rights are maintained for musicians, or introduce a two-year multi-entry visa for British musicians working in the EU27.'