Are You a British Photographer Who Needs Visa-Free Travel Around Europe? Sign This Petition

As the Brexit transition period comes to an end, many of the details regarding the United Kingdom’s new arrangement with the European Union remain unclear. Creative industry professionals are keen to avoid having their work impacted by new restrictions. This petition to the U.K. government requests visa-free travel.

The U.K. is due to complete its departure from the European Union on January 1 following a transition period that saw complex negotiations to determine its new relationship. 

Citizens of members of the European Union are able to work in other member states without a permit, and following Brexit, Brits may lose a number of freedoms that made their work possible. Photographers and filmmakers traveling to Europe may require a work permit, and equipment might subject to a carnet or specific permission from customs officials for it to cross borders.

An online petition asks the British government to create an arrangement with the E.U. to ensure that musicians and other creative professionals are not adversely impacted by the U.K.'s departure. At the time of writing, there were just over 98,000 signatures, and upon reaching 100,000 signatures, the proposal will be debated by M.P.s in the House of Commons. Set up by Tim Brennan, former lead singer of the band the Charlatans, the petition has been created to campaign primarily on behalf of musicians, but the details list “music touring professionals, bands, musicians, artists, TV, and sports celebrities” who frequently spend sustained periods of time working in the E.U.

As Burgess mentioned in speaking to NME, politicians frequently rely on the U.K.’s creative industries for creating a progressive and cutting-edge image of Britain. It, therefore, stands to reason that politicians should ensure that its creative industry professionals are not inhibited by the U.K.’s new position in relation to Europe.

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27 Comments

El Capitan's picture

With all respect, it is the U.K. government that made travel to U.K. an onerous task for Americans and some Europeans alike. All measures are mirrored on consular level. Besides, EU is conjuring up some kind of covid vaccination digital passport/pass of sorts. Obtaining entry visa for travel is now inevitable for most citizens of the world.

Laurent BENOIT's picture

well...good luck.
UK citizens voted democratically to get out of the EU.
And now they are.

Wolfgang Post's picture

Not forgetting having a clown as PM who constantly screwed up every round of negotiations. UK citizens should have started thinking a bit earlier than this.

Lee Christiansen's picture

We did, but unfortunately there were a fraction more that believed the idiocy of the Brexit ideal. The very notion that we can leave a club but still trade with the club and do it on our own terms was of course total lunacy. But people liked the notion because of hype.

Curiously, our government can't change a law with such a tiny majority, (51-49) but we can drag ourselves out of a working economy if just one more person thinks they want it.

And annoyingly, when it became apparent (at last, to some), that things would not be so easy, we weren't allowed to confirm the referendum on the basis of "people might change their minds," which undoubtably people would have.

So now here we are, dancing to the tune of a club who we can't belong to. I'd rather be in the club who's rules we still had to work, with because then we have an influence over those rules. And apparently although "the deal is done" all it means is that now the real negotiations start.

So don't mistake us Brits for a nation who want this. Most of us don't.

Jan Holler's picture

It is a shame. Cameron lost his stupid, risky game and Johnson lost his mind (long ago). Now you are in an even worse situation than we in Switzerland. We have several bilateral treaties that go along with the four freedoms of the EU (people, goods, service, capital) but you in the UK are under WTO-rules. The petition is already signed by more than 200k people. I am afraid, it won't change anything. How should that work to have special permits or arrangements for one single group of people.
I am afraid, but you UK-people now have to suffer the consequences of listening to lying politicians and voting for them to be their leaders. On the other side, GB was never a good member of the EU and I am sure some think it is much better they finally got rid of them.

stuartcarver's picture

“Never a good member”, erm care to elaborate on this point?

Jan Holler's picture

Try Thatcher's: "I want my money back" to start with.

stuartcarver's picture

Ah yes, the good old scraping the barrel of things from 35 years ago.

Jan Holler's picture

That tenor never left the tories and Cameron with great arrogance played this card and meant to politically survive it. It was a gambling. Would a honest member of an alliance take that risk? Never. GB leaned very much towards to USA and lesser to continental Europe. In the end it might very well be small Brittain with just England left and Scotland gone as member of the EU.

stuartcarver's picture

I can’t agree with this, the 2 general elections that were held after the vote were essentially the chance for the people to ‘change their mind’ and the remain camp (Labour) took an absolute trouncing on both occasions, the last one being one of largest defeats in History. So in that respect, the country had spoken.

Billy Paul's picture

"So don't mistake us Brits for a nation who want this. Most of us don't."

Lol - typical remoaner interpretation of referendum and election results.

stuartcarver's picture

But Touché, you just used the word ‘remoaner’.... good way to nullify anything sensible that you might have to say.

Billy Paul's picture

You didn't want to leave and are moaning about it. Description seems correct to me.

Claiming your views are those of the majority is a remoaning cherry on the top.

stuartcarver's picture

I mean you aren’t stupid enough to think that it was my comment you originally responded to, are you?

Lee Christiansen's picture

Let me paint a simple scenario to demonstrate what happened...

Guy walks into a garage to by a new car. The new cars are lovely and shiny, and the signs say they're fast and economical, and they do look enticing.

"I want to buy a new car. These look great so I'd like to buy one of these." says the man, eagerly getting his wallet out.

"Great" replies the salesman. "That will be £250,000"

"Sheesh, that's more than I'd expected." Replies our surprised potential customer. "I guess I should have asked the actual cost beforehand. But now I know how much it will cost me, I'll have to pass."

"Sorry," replies the salesman as he locks the door and call security... "You said you wanted a car and now you have to commit to that decision. Don't give the who I-didn't-know-what it-would-cost-me-routine. And by the way, with every sale there are additional insurances, after-sales charges and we charge a fee to open the doors again"

Our poor customer wasn't so happy and protested that he didn't know about all those charges, and that no one had fully explained how expensive these lovely cars would be - but no, he had to buy the car and now he was going broke.

And to make things worse, when he finally got his new car outside, it looked almost exactly like his old car. He'd just got used to how that old thing looked and felt. Seems the grass was just as green before. He had a slightly different car now, but it wasn't quite so different after all.

And so here we are with our magical new exit. And whilst we were promised the concept of ruling our own roost and bowing to no one, it turns out if we want to play in their back yard, we still need to agree to a few things. Turns out being sovereign doesn't mean we can call all the shots - who'd figure.

But at least now we can decide on the shape of our bananas... oh wait, that was never an issue beforehand anyway.

Curiously when we were offered the option of choosing to leave, we were never allowed to have a confirmation vote as to whether we liked the deal which would only come after we'd started the whole process. As was said by Mr Farage, "What if people change their minds..."

And curiously enough, this things promised seemed to fade away pretty fast after the referendum. Seems that "oven-ready deal" never had the oven switched on.

Here's how things usually happen:
1) Would you like this?
2) Ok then, we'll tell you what that will cost when we've worked it out.
3) Do you still want it?
4) Ok then, that's what we'll do.

We were missing step 3, because heaven forbid we might make an educated decision.

And if we were most certainly all in favour of everything even after all the negotiations with EU, then surely a confirmation vote would have solidified a Brexit decision. Or were people afraid that might not be the case?

I used to shoot quite a bit in Europe. The added paperwork and costs will stop that in its tracks with the easier option of using "local" now being the driving factor. My clients like me, but not enough that they take a financial hit. And that's just the start.

Whoever sold people the line that we could leave a club, then return to the club and have more favourable arrangements than the actual members was selling the biggest scam. We want to play? then we have to play by a fair set of rules, and curiously enough, that's pretty much what we had in the first place.

But yey those bananas...

Billy Paul's picture

That's a wall of drivel. How on earth does most of the rest of the world manage outside the EU?

Richard King's picture

I hate Brexit.

However. It's a bit late to complain about the consequences now.

Next week.. Expect the tirade of "we have to pay roaming charges".

Billy Paul's picture

Roaming charges were mentioned in the government propaganda leaflets delivered to every household prior to the referendum (and they only spent £9 million of tax payer money doing it).

That is the bottom of the barrel level of benefits of being in the EU they had to tout.

Forcing telcos to reduce roaming charges just forced them to increase other charges. People travelling around Europe benefited at the expense of everyone else. A bad idea same as just about every other idea that comes out of the EU technocrat gravy train.

Richard King's picture

I live in the EU..

But roaming charges was the only thing the dumb woman on the street was whining about on the news this morning... Like that's important in the grand scheme of things

Andrew Eaton's picture

This is just one of many many extra bit of faff brexit is going to create for everyone in the UK. From custom and carrier charges for anything we order, to carnet declarations. So much was promised from brexit, there is a very high chance little will be delivered and much will be lost... (and we have ended up looking like narrow minded bigots to the rest of the world) But we voted for it, so lets sit back and laugh.

Tundrus Photo's picture

Right off, let me say I have no "skin in the game" not being from the U.K. or the E.U. That said, there are more than a few points about this article that come to mind. First, voters decided to leave the E.U. Too late for a take back on that one. Second, there would be inevitable consequences to leave and the most obvious is that the right to live and work in another country/state without immigration or work permits would have to end. You can't "leave" the E.U. without controlling your border in terms of moving goods and people. If a work permit system is to be put into place it will likely have as part of the application process, some form of documentation evidencing the need or demand for the non-resident's services - services a local can't provide. Next, a petition won't get this done. Politicians get all manner of petitions on every conceivable subject. The vast majority have no effect. Moreover, amending the agreement with the E.U. to create a visa-free system for photographers/film makers/creatives will not happen because every other occupation and profession will want the same thing. If this were to happen it would mean you'd be back where you started: free movement of people within a unified political and geographic area. That's not what people voted for.

John Ohle's picture

First of all it is not up to the UK government to create Visa Free movement into the EU. That is up to the EU. The UK government can allow EU creatives to work in the UK without Visas. So far Ireland is the only country that still has visa free work access to both the EU and UK, and vica versa.
Secondly, to allow UK creatives to now work in the EU will increase competition with EU creatives. The EU will not allow that.

I am not saying this is a good think but I believe that is the way it will work out. There will also be more pain in the coming months for BOTH the UK and EU as the implications pan out.

Mike Robinson's picture

"...Brits may lose a number of freedoms that made their work possible."

Puzzling. I've been reading Brits have just gained their "freedom" by leaving the EU.

Lee Christiansen's picture

Turns out most of the people who were moaning about the "restrictive rules" were, never really sure what those rules were.

The freedoms they thought we were getting, we already had.
And the other freedoms they thought they could have, we can't if we want to play with the other kids.

But on the upside, now we don't have to pop over to Brussels to take part in helping mould those rules. We just have to negotiate them every time, every time, every time...

Just as well we weren't given opportunity to agree or disagree with the arrangements afterwards by anything so divisive as a confirmation vote or something silly. Always better to go into these things blind or on the wings of fiction is what I say - ahem...

Yep, when it sounds too good to be true - it usually is. Seems we're not quite the "empire" we thought we were anymore. Oops. :(

Bert Nase's picture

Voting out of EU but still wanting to have all the goods and the cream of the cake. Think twice before you vote...

Lee Christiansen's picture

I agree.

Apparently it would have been a disaster to have actually checked with everyone that we liked the deal when we finally knew what t would really entail. (Turns out some of those pesky politicians weren't entirely truthful...)

So it was decided that we definitely had not had a re-think or had any second thoughts. And politicians were so absolutely sure of this, they said we could've a second vote to confirm it. Seems it just isn't democratic to check with the public...

We get one vote and that's it.

(Except we did that back in 1975, but turns out that didn't count as a real decision, so now we needed a new one, but definitely no double checking after that).

Seems it is OK to promise the earth, not deliver, and then walk away from the whole thing as if never an untruth was ever said. And seems people are dumb enough (at east initially), to believe we can have everything and more, on our terms, and the world will bend to our will - because heck, we have "Great" in the name of our country.

Note to future selves... Only let people vote for things they actually understand.

Leopold Bloom's picture

"Only let people vote for things they actually understand."
Be careful what you are wishing for...
I'd venture a guess that this would cancel almost all votes.