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A no-deal departure from Europe would mean touring musicians could face logistical headaches

By Jason Douglas

June 17, 2019 7:30 am ET

LONDON—For the U.K.’s legions of musicians, from jobbing French horn players to stars of opera and the indie scene, a no-deal Brexit hits a bum note.

An abrupt and messy break between the U.K. and the European Union is back on the cards now that hard-core Brexit fans are jostling to succeed Theresa May as prime minister. Such a split, where Britain leaves without settling legal ties to the bloc, would create new obstacles for British artists wishing to perform in the EU.

The uncertainty is playing havoc with scheduling gigs that are usually booked months in advance, since promoters can’t be sure British acts will be able to turn up.

Already, touring musicians are encountering problems they fret will get only worse if the U.K. exits the EU without a deal Oct. 31, the latest deadline for the U.K. to ratify a negotiated withdrawal settlement. Without Parliament’s approval, Britain must either seek more time to solder together an agreement or plunge out of the EU immediately. …….. (read further on the WSJ website HERE

Alex Ottaviano_Trumpeter

Alex Ottaviano_Trumpeter

Muscian Dilys Uwagboe aka Eckoes.

Muscian Dilys Uwagboe aka Eckoes.

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BUMTUNE _Brexit No-Deal & Muscians _Alex Ottaviano_Trumpeter _North Acton _playing a Jazz jam session at The Castle with fellow muscians