Musicians: Travel

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of George Howarth George Howarth Labour, Knowsley

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with counterparts in (a) the EU and (b) Governments of EU Member States on the potential consequences of the UK leaving the EU without a deal on carnet-free travel between the UK and the EU for musicians travelling for work purposes.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

We recognise that the temporary movement of goods such as musical instruments and equipment is important to the music industry.

As part of our wider preparations for EU Exit, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is working with the music industry to understand potential impacts and opportunities for touring musicians. The Department will continue to build on this engagement.

In the unlikely event of a No Deal scenario the UK will continue to recognise and facilitate ATA Carnets originating from the EU and, although there has been no direct engagement with the EU or other member states, the UK expects similar recognition and facilitations from EU signatories just as we do with non-EU signatories.

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