Brexit Leaves UK Artists Unable to Tour
Northern Ireland has been at the center of Brexit negotiations. Now, the deal may become impossible.
There are claims that German Chancellor Angela Merkel told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that a deal will not happen unless Northern Ireland remains in a trade union with the European Union, all this coming before an Oct. 31 deadline for Britain to leave the EU.
A no-deal Brexit would make touring extremely difficult or even unviable for UK artists as many have already claimed.
The Department for Digital, Medial, Culture, and Sport released a document that detailed new government guidelines for cultural, heritage, and sporting professionals touring across Europe. It states that in the event of a no-deal Brexit, touring artists or parties will be required to check individual countries within the EU for their policies regarding documentation like visas and work permits.
The document raises issues that those artists did not have to deal with before; for example, the document states that European health insurance cards may no longer be valid, forcing artists to purchase health and travel insurance. Touring parties may be required to pay national insurance and local contributions. Driving across the EU may require a special green card which would take extra planning to acquire, along with an international driving permit and a GB sticker.
Additionally, artists will be required to give reports form the Confederation of Passenger Transport when passing through EU nations, completed with an international operator license.
While these new guidelines for touring might not affect the few wealthy artists who spend months or years planning a tour, the majority of artists would not be able to afford the extra costs or bear the time-consuming process. Many British artists such as Imogen Heap are cancelling their European tours mostly due to the uncertainty they face after Brexit — a move that has left them scrambling to build their fanbase, talent, and future.