Sports Competitors: Entry Clearances

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 7th September 2017.

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Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department is having with the Home Office on ensuring that transitional arrangements are in place for the entry of elite sports people into the UK after the UK has left the EU; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Clive Betts Clive Betts Chair, Communities and Local Government Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effect on (a) the football transfer market and (b) the entry of EU and non-EU players into the UK of the UK leaving the EU; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Tracey Crouch Tracey Crouch The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Department recognises the importance of sport to the nation and within that the contribution of international talent, and the UK will seek to continue to attract the best of international talent across all sports. As the Government considers the options for a future immigration system we will also need to understand the potential impacts of any proposed changes in all parts of the UK. We will look to develop a system that works for all in consultation with all relevant sport stakeholders.

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