Boris Johnson is to be challenged on why he agreed to a Brexit deal that scrapped the rights of musicians and performers to tour across the EU without visas.
Pete Wishart MP, who toured with bands including Runrig and Big Country, said the UK government treated performers “like pawns on a chessboard” during Brexit negotiations.
The pop star turned politician has secured a Commons debate on Tuesday calling on the UK government to U-turn on the decision to scrap performers’ touring visas post-Brexit.
Wishart is demanding the Secretary of State Culture, Oliver Dowden scrap the new work visa to ease bureaucracy facing the music industry.
Speaking ahead of the debate Wishart said a proposal to grant UK performers visa-free tours in the EU was rejected by British negotiators because the Tories did not want to extend the same courtesy to EU artists visiting the UK.
He added: “We now know that despite the EU side offering, the UK government rejected proposals that would have allowed musicians and performers to travel across the EU without visas.
“I’m calling on Oliver Dowden to work with his colleagues in the UK Government and U-turn on this ludicrous decision - one which will not only leave creatives in the UK drowning in red tape, but will also shut the door on those European creatives who enrich the cultural tapestry of these islands."
Wishart added: “The UK government has had time to reconsider this decision; to help performers and musicians, but they have done nothing of the sort. It’s time for an urgent rethink before these opportunities for the next generation are unimaginably lost.”