Musicians: Immigration:Written question - 213307

Asked by David Simpson
(Upper Bann)
Asked on: 28 January 2019
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Musicians: Immigration
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions has he had with music promoters on the ability to bring musicians from (a) EU and (b) other countries to the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
Answered by: Margot James
Answered on: 05 February 2019

While the government is clear that free movement will end when we leave the UK, we are aware that continued access to international talent to work and tour in the UK is a key concern for the music industry.

As part of our wider preparations for EU Exit, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is working closely with the music industry to understand potential impacts and opportunities of EU Exit for the sector. The Department will continue to build on this engagement.

The government takes into account the needs of the whole of the UK, including the music industry, when setting migration policy. The new system will be rolled out once we have left the EU and after the implementation period ends in 2021.

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