From SNP Media:
The SNP has warned that musicians and performers face a ‘double hit’ from the UK government if the Tories fail to act on EU touring visas, on top of three million freelance workers left without a penny of COVID support.
Despite calls from SNP MPs and musical icons including Liam Gallagher and Elton John, the UK government has maintained their stance on the issue of EU touring visas – despite Brussels offering a solution during Brexit negotiations.
Pete Wishart MP, who has passionately debated the subject in the Commons this week, has toured with world-renowned bands including Runrig and Big Country. The SNP MP vowed to keep the pressure on the UK government to secure visa-free travel for performers.
Commenting, Pete Wishart MP said:
“The politically motivated decision to scrap touring visas has generated a huge response across the music industry – and it’s a double hit on millions of freelance creatives already facing crippling hardship because the UK Chancellor refuses to offer any meaningful support to them.
“Ending visa-free travel for musicians and artists cuts long-enduring creative ties between Scotland and the European Union. The UK government told the Commons this week that it is not willing to listen to these cries for help from the industry – but the SNP will continue the fight.
“The Tory government has shown no compassion for our creative sector. While three million freelancers have yet to receive a penny of support from the UK Treasury, pulling up the drawbridge on our borders will only make this creative crisis worse.
“Scotland has yet again suffered at the hands of a Tory government we did not vote for, resulting from a dodgy Brexit deal that Scotland’s six Scottish Tory MPs rubber-stamped. The best way to protect opportunities for future generations is with independence.”