I may have to leave Britain because of Brexit, says singer Amy Macdonald
‘If everything goes tits up after Brexit, then I will have to look at whether to move to Germany or Switzerland.’
Sectors such as hospitality and construction are already warning of growing skills shortages as a result of Brexit.
Universities have also expressed fears over losing key staff.
And now there are signs that that leading British musicians could also be forced out by a hard Brexit.
The Scottish singer-songwriter Amy Macdonald has sold 12 million records and has a substantial fan base in Europe. Her 2007 album This Is The Life charted at number one in six countries and she is one of the five biggest selling artists of all time in Switzerland.
But The Times reports that Macdonald believes that customs and border controls set to be imposed after Brexit would make it much harder for her to go on tour.
“I’ve always stayed in Glasgow because I like being close to my family and friends and I like the simple life of Scotland, but you can never say never,” she said.
“If everything goes tits up after Brexit, then I will have to look at whether to move to Germany or Switzerland. I wouldn’t want to have to do that, but it is a real problem musicians are going to have.”
McDonald, who recently celebrated her 30th birthday and does most of her gigs in Europe, added: “Whenever my band play a gig in Switzerland and arrive on the bus it is a pain in the arse. It is a total nightmare.
“You can be held at the border for hours on end sometimes. It puts your whole schedule out of whack, and that’s Switzerland, which already has very favourable agreements with the EU.
“For me, suddenly to be put in the position to need to get visas for every single gig I do, particularly when I do most of my gigs in Europe, might be a little bit mental when Brexit happens.”
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