Brexit: The Premier League is another of its victims

The sport in the United Kingdom is waiting for an agreement with the European Union to avoid harmful changes

Brexit: The Premier League is another of its victims

It has been more than two years since June 23, 2016, when the British voted in favor of leaving the European Union, known as Brexit. Since then, the big question has been whether there will be a Brexit light or ferrous, that is, if the disconnection will be quiet and with beneficial agreements for both parties or if it will be abrupt and full of limitations. Meanwhile, March 29, 2019, the scheduled date for Brexit, is approaching and there is no agreement yet.

The possible scenarios began to come to light in all areas: education, mobility, science, health, employment, commerce and, of course, sport. Because of it's enormous economic and media power, the Premier League was the first to be analyzed in terms of sports.

A league that has obtained in just three seasons more than $ 7,000 million dollars for broadcasting rights, according to the newspaper El Mundo. The newspaper also affirms that there are several aspects in which the British soccer would be affected, between which they emphasize two mainly:

  1. The labor market: Despite their high salaries and profession, football players have to adjust to labor laws like any other citizen. The Brexit will have an impact on the recruitment of British players in the European Union because they would no longer have direct access to community seats, so they would have to comply with the requirements of any other foreigner.

    On the other hand, community players who play in the United Kingdom would lose that benefit having to comply with British labor laws, processing residence permits and other restrictions in a country unfriendly to migration.

  2. Broadcast rights: This league that obtains billions of dollars in transmission rights would suffer an impact in this area if it does not have figures and talents among its ranks as it has done so far. The profitability of the television stations would be lower, therefore they would offer less. In addition to that, the country would be outside the rules of the community audiovisual media, which would surely create some misunderstandings.

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For Laura McCallum, a sports attorney interviewed by iNews, the clubs with more resources will be the ones that will have the advantage of being able to face the restrictions that arise from Brexit, both in the Premier League and in others like Scotland.

In mid-August the presidents of the clubs Burnley FC and Stoke City FC, Mike Garlick and Peter Coates respectively, expressed their concern about the consequences that a hard Brexit would bring, coinciding with what was affirmed by McCallum. For them, small clubs like yours are the ones that will most recent the disconnection, as reported by BBC Sports.

"The destructive path of the Brexit that the government is looking for threatens to have a terribly harmful effect on the clubs in the country," Garlick told the British media, "many businessmen campaigned for permanence in the European Union, for example, Coates donated £ 250,000 pounds. But the city, Stoke, voted in favor of Brexit, as did Burnley, without measuring the consequences for the clubs.

The equestrian

Football will not be the only affected sport, Laura McCallum also makes reference to equestrian sport and the Aintree Grand National tournament, one of the most important in the world and held since the nineteenth century. This could be affected by the mobility of horses that is simple so far.

The lawyer, in an interview with the Scottish BBC, states that "around 26,000 purebred horses currently move freely each year between England, Ireland, and France, but this freedom of movement could end when Britain leaves the EU except that a new tripartite agreement is assured. "

She also adds that not only athletes and horses would be affected by the restrictions, but also the workers who make the sport work, because we must remember that sport is also an industry. McCallum mentions that throughout the United Kingdom only three border posts have the ability to inspect horses; In addition, if fees were added to horse breeding in Ireland, this discipline would be affected.

LatinAmerican Post | Luis Liborio
Translated from: 'Brexit: la Premier League es otra de sus víctimas'

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