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The UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) contains specific commitments to support business travel. The Agreement includes provisions on:

  • short-term business visitors;
  • business visitors for establishment purposes;
  • intra-corporate transferees;
  • contractual service suppliers; and
  • independent professionals.

The UK and EU have agreed not to restrict market access, apply economic needs tests (assessment of market demand) and, in certain circumstances, work permitsThese categories of visitors will be treated similarly to domestic suppliers during their stay. But various reservations and exemptions apply.

Compared to UK membership of the EU single market new barriers to temporary business travel have emerged. From 1 January 2021, UK service providers face the 27 different regulatory regimes of each Member StateThey have to follow national immigration regulations, and rules on work permits of the respective EU Member State. The UK maintains control over its own immigration rules and access to work.
On 8 February 2021, the House of Commons held an e-petition session on arrangements for UK musicians in the EU, in response to this petition. This briefing summarises the main issues facing this sector.

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