Katy Wright

Deputy Editor, Classical Music

DCMS Committee supports flexible travel for creative industries post-Brexit

11:24, 30th January 2018

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has backed flexible travel for those working in the creative industries after Brexit in a new report.

The potential impact of Brexit on the creative industries, tourism and the digital single market highlights the importance of procedural ‘simplicity’ and warns the Government against ‘foisting additional bureaucracy’ on creative industries.

The report recommends that the Government ‘should seek to retain free movement of people during any transitional period after the UK formally ceases to be a member of the EU’ and states that if the visa system is to change, ‘an intensive and detailed process of consultation with all those affected will need to begin as soon as possible.’

Deborah Annetts, chief executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and co-founder of the FreeMoveCreate campaign, said: ‘The protection of flexible travel post-Brexit is a must for those who work in the UK’s creative industries. Half the creative workforce are self-employed and for musicians in particular the figure is as high as 90%. Creatives often get offered work in the EU at 24 hours’ notice, and sometimes travel to the EU to work more than 40 times a year.

‘Post-Brexit, creatives want to continue to play their part in the UK’s future prosperity. To do this, they need flexible travel to EU as multi-page visa documents and tax forms are not compatible with the nature of their short-notice, freelance work. As we continue our discussions with ministers and civil servants, we hope the Government will take note of DCMS’s important report.’

Jeanie Scott, executive director of a-n The Artists Information Company and co-founder of the FreeMoveCreate campaign, said: ‘It’s great to see this report reflecting the key concerns and asks of FreeMoveCreate, and the thousands of individual practitioners we collectively represent.’


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