Brexit update

1st February 2019

As companies plan for the possibility of No-Deal, the Government has published some guidance on movement of people. Read this with links to further information below.


  1. EU and UK Citizens’ Rights in a deal: rights of EU nationals already in the UK, and UK nationals in the EU, including those arriving (whether for short-term visits, or to live, work or study) up until the end of the implementation period, are covered by the Withdrawal Agreement
  2. EU Citizens’ Rights in no deal – pre-exit day arrivals: rights of EU nationals already in the UK by exit day in a no deal scenario are covered by a Home Office policy paper published 6 December
  3. EU Citizens’ Rights in a no deal – post-exit day arrivals: rights of EU nationals arriving in a no deal scenario after exit day, and before the implementation of the future immigration system, are covered in the new policy paper published today.
  4. Future immigration system (from 2021): whether we are in a deal or a no deal scenario, the UK’s future immigration arrangements from 2021 are covered by the proposals in the White Paper ‘The UK’s future skills-based immigration system
  5. UK nationals in the EU in a no deal: rights of UK nationals to live and work in the EU in a no deal scenario will be subject to the policies of individual Member States. The EU Commission has called upon Member States “to take a generous approach to UK nationals who are already resident in their territory”.
  6. Short-term visits/mobility between the UK and the EU in a no deal: EU nationals visiting the UK, in a no deal scenario, and before the future immigration system is implemented, will be subject to the arrangements set out in the policy paper published today UK nationals visiting the EU in this scenario will be subject to the same rules that are applied by the EU to visitors from other third countries. Details of the EU Commission position are set out in this document at section 4.


15th January 2019

Today is a huge moment for Theresa May and the Brexit deal as the UK parliament’s ‘meaningful vote’ on Theresa May’s Brexit deal is due to take place, after it was delayed from its original date of Tuesday 11 December.


As it stands, the Government appears likely to lose any vote on the current deal. Over 100 Conservative MPs have voiced opposition to it. The DUP and its 10 MPs have made clear they would vote against it. Some Remainers are planning to vote the deal down in the hope of a second referendum.


Theresa May appears to be in a weak position following the two votes she was defeated on last week. The first came as MPs organised to demonstrate the strength of parliamentary opposition to leaving the EU with no deal. They voted in favour of an amendment to the finance bill tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper to curb some of the government’s tax administration powers in the event of no deal without explicit authorisation for parliament. The vote was seen as a significant demonstration of parliament’s opposition to a ‘no-deal Brexit’, and that it could vote the possibility down if necessary.


The next blow came against government’s expectation to have 21 days to come up with a “plan B” for Brexit if, as widely expected, Mrs May’s deal is voted down. But MPs backed calls for it to respond within three working days, a deadline likely to fall on Monday 21 January.


AIM’s membership remains overwhelming pro-remain. AIM supported this position by marching in Westminster with Music4EU on Saturday as Sammy Andrews and Cliff Fluet handed the petition to Downing Street calling for an alternative to Brexit. Our Head of Legal and Business Affairs, Gee Davy, will be attending the UK Music Rights Committee meeting this week, in which the industry’s next steps in response to Brexit will be discussed.


7th January 2019

At the end of last year the government released a ‘white paper’ setting out its plans for a post-Brexit immigration policy.  Legislation will still need to be drafted and passed by parliament to turn this policy into law but this document sets out the government’s current thinking following input from relevant committees and organisations.  AIM believes that there are significant flaws in the plans as they stand currently which will have a damaging impact on the UK independent music community and have been feeding into roundtable sessions and to UK Music and Creative Industry Federation’s official responses to government.


Michael Dugher of UK Music pointed out “The UK music industry contributes £4.5bn to the economy… As we’ve made repeatedly clear, a crude salaries and skills approach to freedom to work post-Brexit just doesn’t work for so many artists and musicians.” and stated “It is frustrating in the extreme that there are still some people in government who have their fingers in their ears. This is utterly clueless. It’s vital that we don’t pull the rug from under Britain’s world-leading music industry.”


In addition, the Creative Industries Federation has sent a detailed response to a consultation from the Migration Advisory Committee, who are advising the Home Office in this area, noting “it is fundamental that we ensure our creative industries have access to the full breadth of talent that they require. Access to international talent promotes growth, leading to the creation of more jobs in the economy as well as the development of the domestic workforce by bringing them into contact with the best and brightest in the world”.  It calls for reforms to skills shortage lists, salary thresholds and the scrapping of the immigration skills charge, alongside more effective support for companies’ training programmes and backing for creative subjects in education.”


The government’s white paper and related policy information is available here:


Creative Industries Federation’s full response and more analysis here:


UK Music full response to the white paper here:


AIM will continue to work with these organisations and others to ensure that the issues affecting the UK’s independent music community and likely impact of new policies are voiced to government as effectively as possible.  Current priorities include calls for ‘touring visas’ to allow for ease of travel for UK and EU musicians and their crews and a supportive approach to any new immigration laws, taking into account domestic skills shortages, usual salary levels and the talent movement requirements of the independent music sector.

Added: 08.01.19