Brexit: ‘The process is a mess’ says Richard Madeley
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Tim Burgess is the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Charlatans and has been a vocal critic of the Government and their Brexit trade deal with the European Union. And now, he has launched another attack after his band has been unable to sell merchandise in Dublin.
He tweeted: “So, @thecharlatans can’t sell merch at our Dublin show (reason: the total ****housery of Brexit and all it brings), which means it can’t be on the truck that goes to Belfast.
“Not huge news but just another totally rubbish result from our collective stupid decision.
Since Britain’s departure from the European Union, the trade deal agreed with the bloc has been balmed for musicians being denied visa-free access to the continent for tours.
Charlatans lead singer Tim Burgess (Image: Getty)
In January this year, an EU source accused the UK of rejecting a “standard” proposal which would have exempted the artists from needing to get a work permit.
Performers have expressed outrage they have will have to apply for visas and have said it could lead to the cancellation of international tours.
An EU source close to the negotiations said at the time: “It is usually in our agreements with third countries, that work visas are not required for musicians.
“We tried to include it, but the UK said no.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: Getty)
They added the Prime Minister refused the deal because he “said they were ending free moment”.
However, Downing Street said blame for the decision lay purely at the feet of Brussels.
Horace Trubridge, general secretary of the Musicians’ Union (MU), said: “With the British music business having been devastated by Covid-19 and with no end in sight to the black hole of cancelled concerts, tours, festivals and regular gigs that is the very bedrock of our world-class industry, the news, if true, that our own elected representatives chose to turn down such an offer is nigh-on unbelievable.
“Ever since the result of the referendum in 2016, the MU has campaigned and lobbied for a Musicians’ Passport that would allow our members and their support crew to make a successful living across Europe.”
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European trade landscape after Brexit (Image: Express)
Back in January, Mr Burgess said it was “the great rock n roll swindle” in a tweet.
He added: “We need to get answers to this and not let them sweep it under the carpet – they shouldn’t be let off the hook for treating artists with such contempt.”
Last month, Sir Elton John became the most recent musician to lash out at the Government for not making any provisions for the arts during Brexit negotiations.
In a staggering rant, The Rocketman singer said the situation was “f***ing disgusting”.
Musicians protest over Brexit (Image: Getty)
He told NME Magazine: “The Government didn’t make any provisions whatsoever for the arts during Brexit.
“They’re more interested in f***ing fishing! Now, don’t get me wrong – fishing is very important, but it brings in £1.4billion a year and the entertainment industry brings in £111billion.
“Nothing makes you grow than the experience of going and playing in another place.
“It’s so shocking, and it’s so f***ing disgusting.”
Protests over Brexit rights for musicians (Image: Getty)
His comments came after several leading organisations in the music industry wrote an open letter to the Government.
The letter criticised “misleading” new claims about the status of post-Brexit touring in Europe.
They called the Government’s latest announcement a “non-announcement of spin and misinformation”, regarding their ability to tour the world.