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Elton Predicts ''Looming Catastrophe'' if UK Government Doesn't Address Post-Brexit Restrictions

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Earlier, this year, Elton spoke with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden about post-Brexit travel arrangements for touring musicians. The rocker previously was among a group of over 100 musicians calling out the Government in a letter for new visa rules which ''shamefully failed'' performers.
 
John and Dowden discussed ideas about how music-makers can tour the EU and other parts of the world going forward: the UK's post-Brexit rules don't guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the EU.
 
Last month, Elton and David Furnish met with Brexit minister Lord Frost and Craig Stanley, an agent at the Marshall Arts touring agency. Elton has also released a statement about the issue, which Stanley recently read in a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing on EU visa arrangements for those in the creative industries. 
 
''Put bluntly, we are currently in grave danger of losing a generation of talent due to the gaping holes in the Government's trade deal,'' said the composer.
 
''New and emerging artists will be unable to tour Europe freely - an essential part of their education and development - due to the prohibitive costs of visas, carnets and permits. 
 
''However, despite this looming catastrophe, the Government seems unable or unwilling to fix this gaping hole in their trade deal and defaults to blaming the EU rather than finding ways out of this mess.''
 
He added that his objections ''aren't about the impact on me and artists who tour arenas and stadiums.''
 
Elton also said: ''We are lucky enough to have the support staff, finance and infrastructure to cut through the red tape that Lord Frost's no deal has created. The gravest of situations is about the damage to the next generation of musicians and emerging artists, whose careers will stall before they've even started due to this infuriating blame game.
 
''If I had faced the financial and logistical obstacles facing young musicians now when I started out, I'd never have had the opportunity to build the foundations of my career and I very much doubt I would be where I am today.''
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