UK, EU in Spat over Diplomatic Status of Bloc's Ambassador

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"Nothing has changed since the UK's exit from the European Union to justify any change in stance on the UK's part", he said, adding that the EU is "not a typical global organization".

Ms Dinenage said a 90-day visa-free travel period for musicians was not offered by the European Union, contrary to previous reports.

Dozens of United Kingdom music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been "shamefully failed" by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union.

Representatives of global organisations whose status is not covered by the convention tend to have limited and less clearly defined privileges. But the artists have urged the government to negotiate a reciprocal deal allowing paperwork-free travel for touring artists. I mean, we used to work in Europe before the European Union was even thought about.

Under the deal agreed by London and Brussels in December, British musicians will be able to tour in European Union countries without a visa for up to 90 days in any 180-day period, but will need work permits to perform in some countries like Germany and Spain.

Freedom of movement for British and European citizens ended on December the 31st.


"We absolutely agree that musicians should be able to work across Europe", they said in a statement. Using what's left of the fee for a post-gig beer.

Caroline Dinenage MP indicated the decision could be reviewed years down the line, saying: "The negotiating team did negotiate an opportunity to come back and review this in the years ahead - so the light at the end of the tunnel is not entirely switched off". The government has said it was prepared to further discuss the issue with the block. This could open them up to being harassed and make them easier for them to be expelled.

The letter was organised by the Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Liberal Democrats, and published in The Times.

The letter said the potential for the requirement for costly permits will "tip many performers over the edge", adding: "We call on the government to urgently do what it said it would do and negotiate paperwork-free travel in Europe for British artists and their equipment".

Signees include Elton John, Radiohead, Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis and Liam Gallagher.

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of The Who and an outspoken Brexiteer who previously dismissed concerns about tours after Brexit, was also on the list. A USA visa requires talent to show they have received "international recognition" in order to be eligible.

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