Journalist Sherelle Jacobs hit out at the Guardian columnist for his claims against Brexit while discussing reports of Britons seeing their driving rights threatened because of bureaucratic changes. Ms Jacobs insisted that Brexit is about “taking back our democracy” rather than having a deal with the European Union on licences and free movement. Speaking on the Jeremy Vine show, Mr Jones said: “One of the consequences of Brexit is a lot of bureaucracy.
“It’s a lot of forms. There’s a lot of filling out forms.
“Brexit is filling out forms.”
Ms Jacobs interjected: “Brexit is about taking back our democracy.
“Brexit is also about some things that are more important than administrative reciprocity, total freedom of trade.
“I’m hopeful that this hiccup is going to be sorted out.”
It comes as touring could become “prohibitively bureaucratic and expensive” for musicians and other performers based in the UK because of Brexit, a committee of peers has warned.
The Lords EU Services Sub-Committee also warned in a report on Wednesday that significant gaps remain for the services sector trading with the bloc, causing a prolonged period of uncertainty.
And the peers urged ministers to rejoin the Erasmus study exchange programme, saying the Turing scheme fails to qualify as a replacement.
The creative industries are among those worst hit by the coronavirus crisis and the committee warned that the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) struck with Brussels will deal another blow when travel restrictions ease.
“We are deeply concerned about the potential impact of mobility provisions in the TCA on the over two million people employed in the creative industries, which could make touring prohibitively bureaucratic and expensive,” the report said.
Under the Brexit trade deal, performers wanting to tour Europe will be expected to secure work permits for each individual member state they visit and face further red tape for equipment and crew.
The Lords called on both Westminster and Brussels to “work together to remedy this situation before international travel resumes” in order to help the creative industry, which is worth £15 billion a year to the UK in exports to the EU.
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They also warned that the deal “does not include substantive provisions on financial services” resulting in the sector being “still in a period of uncertainty”.
A “deep level of regulatory cooperation” between the UK and the EU with regards to the sector would be beneficial for both sides, the report says.
And it says the Turing scheme fails to provide for inbound student mobility, does not cover tuition fees and raises concerns about the £110 million budget.
“We do not see this scheme as a replacement for the Erasmus+ programme and hope that the Government will consider rejoining Erasmus+ in the future,” the peers said.
Committee chair Baroness Donaghy said there are “significant gaps” in the post-Brexit trade agreement.
Britons with second homes in Spain have also been warned this week they will be asked to leave the country after a set number of days unless they have permission to remain for longer.