Unrest has been fermenting in the UK for some time now over what the British government’s Brexit deal with the European Union means for artists touring. Now Sir Elton John has weighed in to the debate with some sharp criticism of the government’s seeming lack of interest in resolving the problems.
“Put bluntly, we are currently in grave danger of losing a generation of talent due to the gaping holes in the government’s trade deal,” said John. “New and emerging artists will be unable to tour Europe freely – an essential part of their education and development – due to the prohibitive costs of visas, carnets and permits. However despite this looming catastrophe, the government seems unable or unwilling to fix this gaping hole in their trade deal and defaults to blaming the EU rather than finding ways out of this mess.”
John recently met with the UK’s Brexit boss Lord Frost, but said he found little evidence of a determination to tackle the problems quickly.
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