“I’m on the battlefield to try to solve this”
Elton John has revealed that his requests to meet with Boris Johnson regarding Brexit and touring visas for musicians have so far been ignored.
Back in August, the UK government’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport announced that they had secured a “short-term” visa-free tour of 19 European countries. The news was criticized by several music industry figures, including John, who called it “a reappraisal of what we already know”.
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Addressing the topic in a recent episode of his Apple Music 1 radio show rocket bell, John said: “What has happened is that it is impossible for young artists to pay for visas financially. [and] Negotiate your way through all the red tape needed to get to Europe. “
“That’s why I’m trying to sort it out,” he said, “I’ve requested a meeting with Boris Johnson. I haven’t received a response from him yet.”
John has been vocal in his criticism of the government’s failure to negotiate visa-free travel and Europe-wide work permits for musicians traveling in January’s Brexit deal.
In July, she and her husband David Furnish participated in a virtual meeting with the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, Michael Barnier, to discuss free movement and visa-free arrangements for artists.
John shared on Twitter at the time, “David and I will continue to fight for all artists, especially early in their careers, who are losing out because of the UK government’s disastrous trade deal with Europe over differences.”
Earlier this week, John announced he would postpone his upcoming European and UK ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour’ dates due to a hip injury.
The previously scheduled shows were supposed to start later this month, but will be pushed back to 2023.