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UK Music Urges Political Leaders To Avoid A “Cliff-Edge” In New Partnership Between UK And EU

UK Music’s Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has responded to the publication of new negotiating mandates from the UK Government and European Union following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union at the end of January.

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27/02/2020: UK Music’s Acting CEO Tom Kiehl has responded to the publication of new negotiating mandates from the UK Government and European Union following the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union at the end of January.

The mandates set out the parameters and priorities for talks between the UK and EU, which will commence on Monday 2 March to determine a future relationship.

The UK Government is seeking a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement with the EU yet has indicated it is prepared to walk away from talks in June unless there is a “broad outline” of a deal.

UK Music Acting CEO Tom Kiehl said: 

“UK Music fully supports the need to secure a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between the UK and EU. Market access is vital. We need to avoid a cliff-edge at the beginning of next year which could spell disaster for music.

“It is welcome that both the UK Government and European Union are prioritising the need to secure high standards of protection for intellectual property rights as part of the new relationship. A strong copyright regime is crucial for our £5.2 billion music industry.

“The UK’s attempts to seek clarity on allowable activities for short-term business visits should include live touring across the EU. We need certainty as to how artists, musicians and crews can go about international concerts and festivals across the EU from 2021 without administrative and financial burdens.”

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