I write within the identify of 140 Fairness commerce union members who help the letter despatched to the prime minister (Stars together with Sir Ian McKellen urge modifications to visa guidelines for artists, 16 February). The post-Brexit scenario we face working in Europe is disastrous, with a shift from no visa laws throughout the EU to particular person European states making use of their very own necessities, a lot of which shall be not possible to fulfill.
For instance, filming in Budapest, one of many fundamental movie and TV areas, now requires a Hungarian residence allow for all work. The renegotiation demanded within the letter is not going to restore a Europe-wide answer.
As if issues weren’t dangerous sufficient, Fairness has a brand new normal secretary, Paul Fleming, who actively campaigned for Brexit and doesn’t help the free motion of labour.
A quote from Fleming in your article suggests our work in Europe is “a cornerstone of our worldwide delicate energy”. It’s not for a commerce union chief to recommend that we’re international coverage functionaries for the UK authorities, however to defend our pursuits as employees. That is one thing Fleming is clearly incapable of doing, and we’ve got no confidence in his management.
Tam Dean Burn