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Musicians’ Union (MU) Publishes new Advice Hub for Members’ on the Effects of Brexit

The Musicians’ Union (MU) has added a new section to the website, with the aim of answering queries and concerns that musicians may have during the Brexit process.

Check out the new Brexit Guidance section by the MU.

The MU campaigned to stay in the EU, and will oppose any Brexit which will remove freedom of movement for musicians.

But we also recognise that the ability to travel and work freely and easily is of paramount important to our members, so we’ve added a resource to answer popular questions which may arise.

The new section currently lists four frequently asked questions with links to further information, and has two downloadable documents. There will be regular updates with further information throughout the process.

Current Frequently Asked Questions

I am an EU citizen living in the UK – what do I need to do?

If Brexit goes ahead and you wish to stay in the UK, you will need to apply for settled status, but the deadline won’t be until 2020 so there is no immediate rush.

If you have any problems with your application, please contact the MU for help.

Do I need to prepare for a no deal Brexit?

The MU is lobbying very hard to avoid a No-Deal Brexit and we hope that MPs will stop this from happening. However, if you do have European tours booked for after 29 March, we would suggest that you review the advice provided on page 64 of the Government produced partnership pack.

If you are likely to be travelling with an instrument that comes under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), for example if your instrument or bow contains ivory or rare wood, then you should read the Government’s advice on trading and moving endangered species in the event of there being no withdrawal deal.

What will happen if the current Brexit deal is passed?

Musicians should note that if this deal is passed in parliament, there will be no changes to freedom of movement or other rights during the transition period – which would last until the end of 2020.

However in the long term the MU is very concerned about the potential impact of the loss of freedom of movement on musicians.

We have been speaking to the government and opposition MPs about bringing in a touring visa for performers, and you can read more about this on our Brexit campaign hub.

What is the MU currently doing on Brexit?

We continue to fight for freedom of movement, or at the very least – a simple, cheap and admin-light EU touring visa for musicians and performers. Find out about the MU’s latest actions to represent members and musicians during the Brexit process on our campaign hub.

More information

If you have any further concerns, don’t forget that you can always contact your regional office for advice.

Read more details on how musicians living in the UK may be affected by Brexit on our Brexit Guidance page.

Published: 27/02/2019

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