British musicians call for Brexit U-turn

British musicians including Rita Ora, Sting and Ed Sheeran warn their industry will be silenced inside a ‘self-built cultural jail’ in the event of a ‘botched Brexit’ as they sign letter by Bob Geldof

  • Top British musicians sign open letter to Theresa May calling for Brexit U-turn 
  • Bob Geldoff drafted the letter and circulated it among his celebrity friends 
  • It said: ‘Our music reaches out, all inclusive, and embraces anyone and everyone’
  • Ed Sheeran, Sting, Rita Ora and Damon Albarn among those to sign the letter 

Some of Britain’s leading musicians have issued a stark warning that their industry will be silenced inside a ‘self-built cultural jail’ in the event of a botched Brexit.

Kosovo-born pop star Rita Ora along, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and platinum selling crooner Ed Sheeran were among the musicians to co-sign Bob Geldoff’s angry open letter to the prime minister.

The letter, which warned that the ‘vast voice’ of the music industry will be silenced if Britain exits the EU, and that the music industry – worth an estimated £4.4 billion a year – will be severely impaired.


Kosovo-born pop star Rita Ora along, Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker and platinum selling crooner Ed Sheeran were among the musicians to co-sign Bob Geldoff’s angry open letter to the prime minister

The letter, which warned that the ‘vast voice’ of the music industry will be silenced if Britain exits the EU, and that the music industry – worth an estimated £4.4 billion a year – will be severely impaired


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Other musicians who signed Mr Geldoff’s letter include Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Neil Tenant, Sting (right), Roger Taylor, Bobby Gillespie, Jarvis Cocker (left) and Johnny Marr

Other musicians who signed Mr Geldoff’s letter include Damon Albarn, Brian Eno, Neil Tenant, Sting, Roger Taylor, Bobby Gillespie and Johnny Marr.

Mr Geldoff circulated the letter to his famous friends, titled ‘Towards a 2nd vote’.

Together, they urge Theresa May to U-turn on Brexit and recognise it will ‘impact every aspect of the music industry. From touring to sales, to copyright legislation to royalty collation.’

The letter states: ‘We dominate the market and our bands, singers, musicians, writers, producers and engineers work all over Europe and he world and in turn, Europe and the world come to us. 

‘Why? Because we are brilliant at it … [Our music] reaches out, all inclusive, and embraces anyone and everyone. And that truly is what Britain is.’

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