Date lodged: 17 January 2019
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the comment by the Creative Producer of Celtic Connects that Scottish musicians will find it harder to play in Europe after Brexit.
Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 28 January 2019
The Scottish Government shares the concerns expressed by Celtic Connections on the impact of Brexit on touring musicians and our festivals. Potentially increased cost and administrative burdens placed on Scottish artists who wish to perform and tour in the EU could impact negatively on their ability to do so.
A ‘no-deal Brexit’ would be catastrophic and would have severe and disproportionate impacts on Scotland, as well as major implications for our music sector, international festivals and events. In line with the overwhelming vote in Scotland to remain in the EU, the Scottish Government has been clear that the best option for the future wellbeing and prosperity of Scotland and the UK as a whole is to stay in the EU, which supports the free movement of people. A Second EU Referendum should now be the priority and an extension to Article 50 should be negotiated to allow that to take place.