Ed Sheeran, Elton John and Liam Gallagher point out that Brexit makes EU tours "unsustainable"

January 20, 2021

British artists are reacting to the lack of provisions for touring since the Brexit deal.

Artists such as Elton John, Liam Gallagher and Ed Sheeran have signed an open letter criticizing the UK government's Brexit deal with the European Union, which puts a brake on visa-free music tours in Europe.

In an open letter published in The Times, more than 100 musicians said they were "infamously disappointed" by the agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union on 1 January 2021.

The letter, also backed by Queen Brian May and Roger Waters, called on the British government to "urgently do what it said it would do and negotiate paperless trips to Europe for British artists and their equipment".

In addition to warning of the "hole" that existed in the past with free circulation, the artists argue that the cost of licenses will make "many tours unsustainable, especially for young up-and-coming musicians who are already struggling to make ends meet due to live music for COVID ".
The letter came hours after British government ministers decided not to meet artists' calls for an EU tour without the need for a visa for musicians and their staff.

Reactions erupted in the UK last week when it was reported that the "formal" proposal to exempt artists from the visa requirement to enter EU countries for a stay of up to 90 days was in fact rejected by the UK government.

According to EU officials, 90 days without a visa were offered in the United Kingdom, but the United Kingdom responded with its own proposal of only 30 days.

Despite strong anger from artists and the music industry, who are urging the British government to "take the matter seriously and rectify it", the government rejected the idea, insisting that "taking control of the border" was its priority and that The talks will continue only if Brussels "changes its mind".