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Hard-line Visa Controls' Impact on Edinburgh’s Festivals

That the Parliament notes with concern the growing impact of what it sees as the UK Government’s hostile immigration policy on the ability of the Edinburgh’s festivals to attract international guests; understands that acclaimed international writers, actors and musicians have been forced to cancel trips to the capital’s festivals in recent years after what it sees as hard-line visa controls were introduced; believes that the situation can only worsen after Brexit; notes the calls on the UK Government to seek a more streamlined approach, in light of festival programmes reportedly being hit by visa refusals, errors and delays; appreciates the work of Deidre Brock MP, who has continually supported the festivals and artists, and has recently made an urgent request to meet the UK immigration minister to discuss the matter; considers that the Edinburgh festivals are essential to cultural and social life in the city, and believes that the reputation of Edinburgh as a global gathering place is being put at risk by what it sees as narrow-minded, xenophobic policies.

Supported by: Maureen Watt, Rona Mackay, Stewart Stevenson, Bill Kidd, Richard Lyle, John Mason, Sandra White, Shona Robison, Angela Constance, Clare Adamson, Gillian Martin, David Torrance, Fulton MacGregor, Jenny Gilruth, Tom Arthur

Current Status: Eligible for Members’ Business, Pending Cross Party Support
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