As Theresa May’s Brexit plan lays in tatters at her feet after the recent meeting of EU leaders in Salzburg, a no-deal situation feels much more likely than before. Should the UK leave the EU with no withdrawal agreement established and nothing confirmed about future relationship, the shock waves will be felt across almost every industry in the UK.
To find out how this would impact music fans in the real sense, Far Out Magazine contacted Damon Culbert, political commentator for the Immigration Advice Service and specialist immigration lawyers London, to run us through it.
The Tier 2 Work Visa
For the Confederation of British Industry, the issues that they feel could arise have been laid out in their latest Brexit report, ‘Open and Controlled’. For the creative industry, there’s a great deal of issues. A huge percentage of creatives identify as self-employed (up to 70% in music and performing arts) and, while it’s been confirmed that Europeans already here can definitely stay, any new self-employed Europeans won’t qualify. If the UK keeps its immigration system the same post-Brexit, the Tier 2 Work Visa route will not be accessible to self-employed workers in the music industry.
The Tier 2 Visa route also has a minimum income requirement of at least £30,000, meaning low-skilled and low-paid workers will not be eligible. The CBI observes that huge projects such as Glastonbury would be impossible without the important work of casual European workers. Without access to the single market, we would have less security guards, bar staff and stage hands.
To the horror of the CBI, another report, commissioned by the Home Office, by the Migration Advisory Committee stated that there was no need to extend our work visa system to lower-skilled workers. If the government take this advice, festivals could take a huge post-Brexit hit.