Post Brexit life is going to get tricky for musicians. Months of no information are beginning to coalesce around hints of the future touring model and it looks like lots of paperwork, hidden costs, confusion and ultimately no touring for many bands unless they are Roger Daltry and the dads army bands.
The department for digital, culture, media and sport have published a guide to touring the continent if there is no deal and there are plenty of hurdles.
1. Those travelling to the EU for work should have at least six months remaining on their UK passports and should check immigration rules for each individual EU Member State to confirm whether they will need additional work permits or visas. It is noted that travelling to Ireland will not be affected after Brexit.
2. If you bring your own van into Europe you will have to get a Green Card from the insurance company, a GB sticker and, for some countries, an International Driving Permit.
3. Gear – the government advise checking the customs processes for each country being travelled to and making sure you know the value of everything you’re taking with you…could this be a prelude to bringing back the dreaded carnets? Can the armchair Brexit experts help us out here and tell us why all this form filling and hours sent at each border will make our lives better?
4. The guide states that in the event of a no-deal Brexit it will not be possible to buy goods from or sell goods to the EU without an EORI number. The registration number can be obtained from HMRC and should be applied for “as soon as possible”.
“The ending of free movement with no waiver for musicians will put our fast-growing live music sector, that generates around £1 billion a year for the UK economy, at serious risk,” Michael Dugher wrote in an open letter. “The costly bureaucracy will make touring simply unviable for very many artists who need to earn a living and it delivers a hammer blow to development of future, world-leading British talent.”