“Don’t stop me now”, local musicians told Alex Mayer MEP when she visited the iconic Smoke House, home of Punch Studios in support of the Musicians Union’s Working in the EU pledge.
Local singer songwriter Tony James Shevlin said that the days of leaving on a jet plane to tour EU countries may come to an end if Brexit leads to the introduction of visas and work permits. Most professional musicians and performers rely on touring and travelling for their careers and gigs are often organised at short notice leaving little time to complete paperwork before they hit the road Jack.
As some performers can be working in several different European countries over the course of a few days, the possible introduction of work permissions and/or visas for British musicians touring and working in Europe could cause God only knows what problems.
Ms Mayer said "I'm worried that travel barriers could be another brick in the wall between Britain and our European friends. It would be a tragedy if artists from Britain were unable to perform in Europe or EU bands were discouraged from touring the UK.
Ms Mayer added “I was depressed by the prospect of Brexit but heaven knows I’m miserable now. Perhaps we should rethink Brexit and stay another day, or longer.”