EU exit: useful information

New rules for individuals and organisations came into force on 1 January 2021. They affect movement of people and goods, recruitment and data. To help you with these changes, we have gathered everything we know together here for you.  

We will continue to share updates and guidance with our members as the situation develops 

The shortcuts  

Get a complete, personalised list of actions you need to take by answering the Government’s questionnaire here 

Government guidance on the arts, culture and heritage sectors and the EU is here 

The latest   

Stay up–to–date by signing up here for email alerts whenever the Government publishes updates on Brexit. Visit the Government’s Brexit transition page. 


Useful links by topic 

Your employees 

Recruiting from outside the UK 

Global Talent Visa 

Visiting Europe 

 Your data 

 Your business and services 

 Movement of goods 

 EU Funding 

UK-EU deal 


  • Arts Council England’s Brexit information page, including an EU Exit Transition Period Guide, is here.   
  • Arts Council of Wales’ briefing note on Brexit for arts practitioners is here (last updated Sep 2019).  
  • Creative Scotland’s Brexit page is here.   
  • Northern Ireland’s government EU exit information page is here 
  • Arts Info Point UK, supporting the arts sector with information on practical issues relating to artist mobility  
  • UK outdoor arts organisation XTRAX has a practical guide to Brexit for outdoor arts touring companies here  
  • ISM’s webpage on short-term EU work permit arrangements for UK artists working in the EU 
  • Live’s webpage on entry requirements for UK artists and crews touring to EU member states
  • On The Move’s webpage on Mobility Information Pointshelping with administrative challenges artists and cultural professionals can face when working across borders 

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. 

Keep Dancers Moving – Write to Your MP!

One Dance UK are working hard to make sure that dance artists are able to keep moving and working across the European Union. To keep up the momentum and ensure the Government prioritises initiating discussions with the EU on cultural mobility, we encourage you to write to your local MP and ask them to support visa and work permit-free movement for touring artists and creative professionals. You can do so quickly and easily by using the attached template (which includes a link to find out your MP’s contact details).
Download template here

Contact us at [email protected] to ask any questions you may have about EU Exit.

What is One Dance UK doing? 

Since the EU referendum in June 2016, One Dance UK has been working tirelessly on assessing the impact of Brexit on dance and our members, and omaking sure our sector is prepared for the changes related to leaving the EU. 

We are in touch regularly with ministers, parliamentarians and officials, joining meetings and roundtables in order to increase awareness and understanding of the unique challenges faced by the dance sector. We have also been working alongside partners and organisations representing the performing arts and creatives industries to align approaches on shared issues.


We created the Dance Sector Brexit Working Group as a dedicated task force to gather data and discuss issues around EU exit. One Dance UK has been conveying priorities and recommendations from this group to relevant government departments, as well as sharing government updates and regularly briefing group members on any developments.   

We have conducted member surveys, published reports, responded to consultations and provided evidence, case studies and information to DCMS, DfE and Arts Council England, and Select Committee enquiries.   

In January 2021, The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dance, for which One Dance UK provides the secretariat, together with other performing arts APPGs, sent a letter to the Government detailing the significant impact on the sector resulting from the lack of provisions in the UK-EU TCA for the performing arts. The letter highlights the severe consequences of, and potential solutions to, issues relating to the movement of people and goods between the UK and the EU, as part of international activity and touring. Baroness Hooper, Co-Chair of the APPG for Dance, and Andrew Hurst, our Chief Executive, were among the signatories. You can find the full text of the letter here.

As the national sector support organisation for dance, our priority is representing youWe will keep working closely both with DCMS and all of you into 2021, to support you and find answers to your questions as we navigate the new context that we will all be operating in.  

If you wish to talk with us further about Brexit, ask a question or express a concern that you would like us to raise with DCMSuse the button below.