Radiohead are among bands who have spoken about the difficulties in the new arrangements (Image: Rex)
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Labour tonight outlined plans to make it easier for British musicians to perform in Europe – and end a Brexit standoff experts warn is hampering the UK's creative sector.
Stars including Radiohead, Biffy Clyro and Ghostpoet have lobbied ministers to slash red tape they claimed could trigger “the collapse of the industry".
Post-Brexit rules mean performers face restrictions and require visas for some EU countries.
Labour said: “Touring artists currently face a patchwork of different rules and costs making planning a tour costly and complicated.”
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves said if the party was in power, it would negotiate with Brussels to open up the market once again so bands and singers can perform to European audiences.
Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves
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The frontbencher made it a key plank of Labour's plan for overhauling parts of the Brexit pact agreed between Downing Street and the EU on Christmas Eve.
Others include “seeking an additional agreement with the EU that would help recognise professional qualifications for services” and trying to negotiate “a bespoke veterinary agreement between the UK and EU in the national interest which would cut sanitary and phytosanitary checks and reduce red tape”.
That could spell the end for deadlock over issues such as the “sausage war” which threatens to stop chilled meats from mainland Britain entering Northern Ireland.
Labour also repeated its vow to buy more goods made in the UK, in a bid to bolster British manufacturing – something made simpler by quitting the bloc.
The Brexit debate dominated British politics from 2016 to 2021
Ms Reeves told the Mirror: “We’ve left the EU, and the Government secured a trade deal at the eleventh hour full of holes.
“So far they have so far made no effort to build on it to make life easier for our British exporters and businesses.
“Labour would not reopen the deal, but we would fix those holes so we can buy, make and sell more in Britain, and so our fantastic British businesses can sell their goods and services across Europe and around the world.
“Labour has a plan to do this, while the Tories simply wash their hands of their responsibility to help our businesses and industries to thrive.”
A Government spokesman said: “Our excellent zero-tariff, zero-quota Trade and Cooperation Agreement means that we can now regulate in a way that suits the economy and our own businesses, without being bound by EU rules.
Boris Johnson and European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen struck the Brexit agreement
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“We’re also striking new trade deals with the world’s fastest growing markets and have negotiated deals with 68 countries, securing £744billion of trade.
“Alongside this, we continue to help business get the support they need to trade effectively with Europe, including by running export helplines and webinars with experts, introducing a £20million Brexit SME Support Fund and delaying the introduction of full import controls to give businesses more time to prepare.”
A Government source said: “Easier touring on creatives requires agreement from the EU.
“The UK Government is fully committed to this but it takes two to tango.
“Labour has failed to say how they would force the EU to agree this."