Ronan Keating has said the post-Brexit conditions for touring musicians will be "devastating to the live industry" and says the new rules are "ridiculous".

New UK travel rules came into force at the beginning of the year and do not guarantee visa-free travel for musicians in the EU.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast, the former Boyzone star said, "We're talking about grassroots, upcoming artists…It’s not so much about larger artists who already have back catalogues and careers.

"There’s no money in record sales, the way that they (bands) make money is actually touring.

"So, to slap this on them, it’s just going to be devastating for the live industry… We won’t be able to go touring."

He added: "The arts have been hit suddenly, massively over the last 12 months…

"My band, my crew, they haven’t had any support whatsoever, so they’ve been really struggling.

"So, to get back to work and the live performances are incredibly important."

Keating's comments come after musicians, including Elton John, criticised the Government in a letter which said performers have been "shamefully failed" by new visa rules.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has previously defended the UK’s approach during Brexit talks.

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