Roger Daltrey denies changing Brexit views after signing music visa letter

British government denies diplomatic status to EU ambassador

Freedom of movement for British and European citizens ended on December 31st, but the artists have urged the government to negotiate a reciprocal deal allowing paperwork-free travel for touring artists.

"If the European Union reconsiders its stance our door remains open", the culture ministry in London said. Dinenage has accused European Union representatives of rejecting a "tailored deal", while an European Union official told The Guardian that the government had refused to negotiate and misrepresented aspects of its proposal in public statements.

Mr de Almeida is the EU's first ambassador in London after Brexit meant the UK's departure from the bloc. The UK Government has and always will support ambitious arrangements for performers and artists to be able to work and tour across Europe. "We will endeavour to make it as straightforward as possible for United Kingdom artists to travel and work in the European Union".

But Brussels said the EU's 143 delegations and staff in other parts of the world had been accorded a status equivalent to countries' embassies under the Vienna Convention, which governs the rules of worldwide diplomacy. But Dinenage claimed accepting the European Union offer on touring musicians would have opened the door to "permanent visa-free short stays for all European Union citizens", which is not compatible with the border control promise in the Tory manifesto, although she conceded that would have accounted for a "very small number of paid activities".

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".

They outlined how red tape around touring and additional work permits for British performances in Europe will make "many tours unviable, especially for young emerging musicians who are already struggling to keep their heads above water owing to the Covid ban on live music". The Times, denouncing "the gaping hole" which musicians face.

"They have to be very careful", Barnier said, adding: "I know that once again it can not be business as usual. but we are not an worldwide organization like the others".

The letter's signatories ranged from The Sex Pistols and Iron Maiden to Joss Stone, Radiohead, Elton John, Bob Geldof and Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor.

Roger Daltrey, lead singer of rock band The Who and an outspoken Brexiteer who had previously dismissed concerns about tours after Brexit, was also on the list.

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