“We know that the UK’s current visa system already puts in place significant cost and administrative barriers to non-EU artists bringing their work to the festivals. Expanding those barriers to artists from the rest of the EU could have a devastating impact…”
A report by Cambridge Econometrics, published yesterday, also suggests a hard Brexit would affect the capital’s reputation as a “global capital of culture” by limiting the potential for London to attract a high-calibre workforce. It notes 9% of employees in the arts and entertainment sectors were born in the European Economic Area.
Tourism Secretary Fiona Hyslop said: ” Scotland’s tourism industry has been performing well but this report confirms that Brexit poses a clear and present danger to one of Scotland’s most important sectors.
In accounts just filed for Ottolenghi, which comprises four deli cafés, the NOPI restaurant in Soho and an online store, the firm said it “is exposed to the risk that the supply of labour may fall as a result of the UK leaving the customs union”.
Restaurants in central London, such as 1 Lombard Street, are already feeling the financial strain. Managers say it’s becoming more difficult to attract new workers as well as hold on to their current ones. Soren Jessen, owner of 1 Lombard Street, says; “The sector cannot train enough people to fill up those jobs”