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Music4EU group delivers Brexit petition to British government


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A petition signed by more than 1,200 artists and music-industry people calling on the UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May to ‘reconsider Brexit’ has been delivered to her official residence, 10 Downing Street. The petition was drawn up by the Music4EU campaigning group, with signatories including Spotify UK MD Tom Connaughton; Annie Lennox; Fatboy Slim; Snow Patrol and companies / bodies like Beggars Group, AIM, BASCA and the FAC.

Its delivery came ahead of a crucial vote in the UK’s House of Commons tomorrow on the Brexit deal that May has negotiated with the European Union, ahead of the UK’s anticipated exit from the EU in March.

“The current deal contains absolutely no assurances from the Prime Minister for the UK Music Industry, or any industry for that matter,” said Music4EU spokesperson Sammy Andrews.

“The government is in utter chaos right now, and the Prime Minister’s deal would isolate UK artists and the teams that support them, ending their ability to tour freely and putting jobs across the industry at risk.”

Colleague Cliff Fluet added: “For fans it means less gigs by your favourite European artists in the UK, and less touring and promotion for UK artists in Europe. It’s a lose-lose situation for Britain and Europe, for artists and fans. Most MPs agree, and with the Brexit deal likely to be voted down on Tuesday, it’s time for the government to take a different path.”

Stuart Dredge

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