You Me At Six: 'Everything is at stake' over visa-free touring in Europe

You Me At Six: 'Everything is at stake' over visa-free touring in Europe

1/22/2021 9:20:00 PM

You Me At Six: 'Everything is at stake' over visa-free touring in Europe

Sky News speaks to You Me At Six star Josh Franceschi about the issue of visas - as the band claim their second number one album.

"So hopefully the government can prove us all wrong and show us that they do actually care about what people like myself and our peers have made a life out of doing, which is being performers and touring the world doing so."Since leaving the European Union, British performing artists hoping to tour the continent must now seek separate permits to work in many of the 27 member states.

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They will also have to pay for expensive carnets (permits) to cross borders with their equipment and trucks carrying kit, or they could have their journeys capped.Image:Liam Gallagher is among the stars who have signed a letter calling for the visa issue to be resolved

Earlier this week, more than 100 artists, from pop singers to classical composers,to resolve the"gaping hole where the promised free movement for musicians should be".Stars including Ed Sheeran,Liam Gallagher, Brian May and Sting were among the signatories.

So too was The Who star and Brexiteer Roger Daltrey - who questioned what leaving the EU had"to do with the rock business" during a Sky News interview with arts and entertainment reporter Bethany Minelle in 2019.Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

March 2019: Roger Daltrey not impressed by Brexit questionAfter his decision to sign the letter saw Daltrey accused of hypocrisy on social media, hedenied changing his opinion of the EU."I have not changed my opinion on the EU," he said in a statement."I'm glad to be free of Brussels, not Europe.

"I do think our government should have made the easing of restrictions for musicians and actors a higher priority."Every tour, individual actors and musicians should be treated as any other 'goods' at the point of entry to the EU with one set of paperwork.

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joshmeatsix Fuckin hell the replies are ignorant, it’s more than just filling in a visa form edibow joshmeatsix They don't,that's why they pursued Brexit. joshmeatsix Is it just me or is fussing about visa requirements just not really a priority right now . itsalexadee