From Sting to Elton John, anti-Brexit singers

(By Cinzia Conti) ROME, January 21 – There is Sting, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, William Gallagher, Radiohead, Bob Geldof, Brian May of Queen, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and Kim Wilde. But also songwriters like Judith Weir, conductor Simon Rattle, and cellist Nicola Benedetti. They are more than 110 artists. They are very angry and frustrated with the British government, protesting how the music – big stars but above all bands – has been abandoned after Brexit. They did so in a letter published by the Times in which they denounced how the accords “made Europe a no-go zone for musicians”. After freedom of movement between the mainland and the United Kingdom has expired, individual visas must be obtained before traveling to any country in the European Union, resulting in additional costs (including £ 350 for a permit for musical instruments and other equipment) and bureaucratic disputes that will make “many Tours are not sustainable. ” London and Brussels blame each other for the situation, but – the signatories say – it will be the musicians, especially the youth and the young “who are really struggling to keep their heads out of the water.” (handle).

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