Since the June 2016 EU Referendum, One Dance UK has been busy working on finding out and speaking out about Brexit on behalf of our members. We’ve collated everything we know here for you, so you can keep up to date with the latest developments, and what they may mean for the world of dance moving forward.  Things are in a permanent state of flux, however One Dance UK will continue to provide members with updates and guidance on how to best prepare for Brexit as and when things develop.



he UK has left the EU, and entered into the transition period which will last until 31 December 2020. During this period, current rules on trade, travel, and business will continue to apply for the UK and the EU. The UK will begin negotiations on its future relationship with the EU this month. The new rules which result from these negotiations will take effect from 1 January 2021.


The Migration Advisory Committee report has now been published, to which One Dance UK submitted evidence. The report can be found by clicking here.

In relation to immigration, the Government has launched the Global Talent visa, which replaces the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent visa. Click here to read more.

Trade with the EU

HMRC sent a letter to all VAT-registered businesses setting out the impacts of Brexit and the implementation period.  In summary:

Between 1 Fe‌br‌ua‌ry and 31 De‌ce‌mb‌er 2020, there will be an implementation period. There will be no changes to the terms of trade with the EU or the rest of the world during this time.

From 1 Ja‌nu‌ar‌y 2021, the way you trade with the EU will change and you’ll need to prepare for life outside the EU, including new customs arrangements.

If you import and export between the UK and the EU, you can start your preparations now by:

    • making sure you have a UK Economic Operator Registration and Identification (EORI) number
    • preparing to make customs declarations.

Read more about trade arrangements, by clicking here.

EU Copyright Directive

The Government has stated that the EU Copyright Directive will not be implemented in UK law. Click here to read more.


What is One Dance UK doing?

One Dance UK has been working tirelessly to build a close and constructive dialogue with the policymakers tasked with creating the frameworks for a UK post-Brexit.

Having conducted member surveys and published reports, we have regular meetings and discussions with a range of Government departments; created the Dance Sector Brexit Working Group; provide case studies, evidence, feed into scenario planning; work alongside partners and organisations representing the performing arts and creatives industries; and connect Government officials with UK dance artists and companies, to help build an understanding of the unique challenges the dance sector faces.

  • We urge the Government to put the right conditions to be put in place to ensure the UK dance sector can continue to thrive after the UK leaves the EU.
  • We highlight the reliance of the UK dance sector on EEA migrant workers.
  • We call for the continued ease of movement of people and objects across borders both in terms of visas as well as appropriate entry criteria such as salary thresholds.
  • We signal the direct impact on touring work of large to mid and smaller-scale companies, as well as on the vast number of freelancers doing important work in our sector.
  • We express concern about the potential impact on the art form itself.

As your sector support organisation, our first priority is representing you – as such, if you wish to talk with us further about Brexit, ask a question, or express a concern that you would like us to represent use the button at the bottom of the page to email us.


Preparing for Brexit:

The latest Government guidelines on preparing for Brexit can be found by clicking here

Not sure what it all means? Check out this list of FAQs on this regularly updated BBC Brexit Guide, including a really useful jargon buster.

A collection of guides has been updated by DIT, FCO and BEIS on providing services and travelling for business to the EU after Brexit. It includes links to business travel and entry requirements, which is something we know many in the sector have asked for.

DCMS has also published this ten-point checklist for arts and cultural organisations.

The Home Secretary has announced that EU citizens moving to the UK after a no-deal Brexit will be able to access a temporary immigration status, until the new skills-based immigration system goes live at the start of 2021.

Government has also announced that a 24 month visa will be introduced for Tier 4 students to work in any number of roles after they graduate, to come into force for those starting university from the next academic year onwards.

EEA and Swiss citizens living in the UK will have until at least 30 June 2021 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. If the UK leaves the EU without a deal, you will need to be living in the UK before it leaves the EU to apply. The deadline for applying will be 31 December 2020.

For our members who are UK nationals living in the EU, see this Living in the EU: prepare for Brexit guide on the rights and status of UK nationals living in the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) and European Free Trade Area (EFTA), and Switzerland post-Brexit.

For EEA citizens and their family members arriving in the UK after we leave the EU in the event the UK leaves without agreeing on a deal, the Government has set out these provisions. In this scenario, the Government will end free movement, and this will happen as soon as practically possible. In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, there will be a transition period until the UK’s new skills-based immigration system is introduced at the beginning of 2021.

There is also an employer toolkit to equip employers with the right tools and information to support EU citizens and their families to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme here.

The Scottish Government is offering a Brexit Support Grant to help small to medium-sized enterprises in Scotland manage a wide range of Brexit impacts.



Read the ODUK Brexit report


ACE's guidance on Brexit


Live updates on Brexit