Brexit Minister David Frost appeared to swipe back at Elton John during a parliament committee.
The iconic songwriter savaged the government's post-Brexit planning during an interview with the Observer, saying they were "crucifying" young artists.
With little solid planning for touring musicians, many have been left utterly overwhelmed by the regulations now needed to perform on the continent.
Elton John told the broadsheet: "I’m livid about what the government did when Brexit happened. They made no provision for the entertainment business, and not just for musicians, actors and film directors, but for the crews, the dancers, the people who earn a living by going to Europe." He added: "It’s a nightmare. To young people just starting a career, it’s crucifying."
During parliament's digital, culture, media and sport committee meeting on Tuesday, Brexit minister David Frost revealed he had enjoyed "a good conversation" with the singer following his remarks.
However he couldn't resist a jibe, saying: "Obviously it was helpful to hear directly. I can’t help noticing that his first hits were before the UK even became a member of the European Union so I think there is probably more at play here than pure rules within the then European Community."
David Frost added: "Talent is important and that’s why we support our talented creative industries."
Condemnation of Frost's approach came from a different corner overnight – having said that solving post-Brexit touring issues wasn't his remit, Thom Yorke savaged the minister:
oh yeah pal? you think ?.. https://t.co/5DMV9pEia2
— Thom Yorke (@thomyorke) June 29, 2021/blockquote>