Brexiter Roger Daltrey criticises restrictions for musicians touring Europe – The Guardian

Wed 20 Jan 2021 17.53 GMT

Roger Daltrey
The Who frontman has actually been implicated of hypocrisy after signing an open letter decrying the federal governments position

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Accused of hypocrisy after signing an open letter decrying the governments position on musicians touring the EU post-Brexit in spite of previously backing Brexit, the Whos Roger Daltrey has clarified his anti-Brussels position, however argues the federal government ought to have prioritised the “easing of limitations” for musicians and actors.UK government rejects artist passports as stars attack disgraceful visiting dealIn 2019, Daltrey said he did not think that Brexit would have an unfavorable effect on the British music industry. “As if we didnt trip Europe before the fucking EU,” he told Sky News. His name appeared on a list of signatories– amongst them Elton John and Sting– who said that artists had been “shamefully failed” by the government over the issue of touring, which has actually seen the UK and EU engaged in recriminations over who is to blame for the increased red tape dealing with British artists at the border of each specific EU member state.Following publication of the letter, Daltrey, 76, stated: “Every trip, specific actors and artists should be treated as any other goods at the point of entry to the EU with one set of documents. Switzerland has borders with five EU nations and trade is digitally frictionless. I would have preferred reform, which was asked for by us prior to the referendum and was turned down by the then president of the EU.

Charged of hypocrisy after signing an open letter decrying the governments position on artists touring the EU post-Brexit despite formerly backing Brexit, the Whos Roger Daltrey has actually clarified his anti-Brussels position, but argues the federal government must have prioritised the “easing of restrictions” for artists and actors.UK government turns down musician passports as stars attack outrageous exploring dealIn 2019, Daltrey said he did not think that Brexit would have an unfavorable effect on the British music industry. “As if we didnt tour Europe before the fucking EU,” he informed Sky News. “Oh, provide it up!”
His name appeared on a list of signatories– among them Elton John and Sting– who said that musicians had actually been “shamefully failed” by the federal government over the problem of touring, which has actually seen the UK and EU engaged in recriminations over who is to blame for the increased red tape dealing with British musicians at the border of each private EU member state.Following publication of the letter, Daltrey, 76, stated: “Every tour, private stars and musicians should be dealt with as any other goods at the point of entry to the EU with one set of paperwork. Switzerland has borders with five EU countries and trade is digitally smooth. Why not us?” He clarified that he had not altered his position on Brexit. “Im glad to be devoid of Brussels, not Europe. I would have preferred reform, which was asked for by us prior to the referendum and was turned down by the then president of the EU.” Sign up for the Sleeve Notes e-mail: music news, strong reviews and unexpected extrasThe open letter published in the Times said that the extra costs related to acquiring work authorizations and carnets “will make numerous trips unviable, specifically for young emerging musicians who are already struggling to keep their heads above water owing to the Covid ban on live music. This working out failure will tip lots of entertainers over the edge.”
The UK government has actually verified that it will not pursue the “artists passport” idea backed by the Musicians Union, but aimed to “help with” EU exploring by dealing with EU member mentions to make life simpler for those working in the creative industries in their particular nations.

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