Hospitality and culture leaders call for 'massive' changes to Brexit deal

Monday, October 30, 2023

Politicians should now set ideology aside, and take practical steps to facilitate the trade relations with the European Union and boost Scottish hospitality in return

Leaders also said they want visa exemptions for touring artists to be lifted and insisted it must become simplier and cheaper for Scottish artists to work in the EU.

Reducing VAT and providing fiscal incentives to companies and wealthy individuals that favour the cultural activities have also been discussed.

Hospitality and culture employment in Scotland employs more than 260.000 people and contributes over £10 billion to Scotland's economy each year.

Katrina Brown, of The Common Guild, warned of the "creeping parochialism" brought about by Brexit barriers: "Culture and the Arts are central to visitor attractionand the wellbeing of the country. We must now work harder not to

become isolated from Europe. Our position as an attractive cultural destination is in danger and we need measures to give us a more secure future."

Baillie Annette Christie, the culture, sport and international affairs officer with Glasgow City Council, said the move to add Britain to the horizon programme was "great news" for the city's academic sector.

Leon Thompson, the chief executive of the leading trade body UKHospitality Scotland, added that since the UK left the EU a number of schemes had been introduced to attract additional UK citizens to the hospitality sector.

"There would have to be a willingness for change and cooperation between the London and Edinburgh governments." - Deputy director

Emma Congreve, Deputy Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute at Strathclyde Business School, argued that there might be arguments for a dedicated Scotland programme to make it cheaper and easier for the EU to recruit, but added:

'There would have to be a willingness for change and cooperation between the London and Edinburgh governments.'.