FreeMoveCreate has commented on the House of Commons’ latest series of votes on Brexit options as well as the passage of the Immigration and Social Security Co-Ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill.
Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of the Musicians and founder of the FreeMoveCreate campaign, said:
'We welcome MPs’ vote to reject a no-deal Brexit in principle, however this does not provide any certainty. There are now less than two months before the UK leaves the EU whether or not a deal is in place and the creative community is becoming increasingly worried.
The current Withdrawal Agreement does not address the plight of creatives post-Brexit. Travelling is part and parcel of a creative professional's work. The creative industries are worth £101.5 billion yet the Government does not seem to understand the value our those who work in the creative industry bring to our economy and cultural life.
Post-Brexit, creatives want to continue to play their part in the UK’s future prosperity but the only way they can do this is by being able to travel easily for work. If Brexit is to go ahead as planned, we urge the Government to put forward an alternative mechanism which protects the rights of creatives to work across the EU after Brexit. In particular we advocate a two-year multi-entry visa. This would enable creative professional to be able to work across the EU, create great art and promoting the arts which the UK does so well.’