RIBA responds to May Brexit speech
RIBA President Jane Duncan said:
“I welcome the Prime Minister setting out further details on the UK’s relationship with the EU. After the referendum vote, we outlined a number of key priorities to allow for the continued success of our industry. This included ensuring that the UK could access the best global talent and fill skills gaps, allowing a continuation of vital UK/EU partnership work in research and innovation, and recognising the need to further devolve powers to support a better built environment across the UK. I'm pleased to see the Government recognise how vital such measures are to UK success.
“However, continued uncertainty over the status of EU citizens currently living and working in the UK, and of UK citizens living and working in the EU is casting a long shadow over the architecture sector. Around one quarter of ARB registered architects are EU citizens, and they make a substantial contribution to our vital industry. Our Government and governments across the EU must act swiftly to resolve this issue. Stability for the economy must continue to be the Government’s top priority over the coming months and years. The detail of the UK’s new trading relationships with the EU and with partners across the world is what will drive the success of our sector. I urge this government to continue its dialogue with industry so that we can secure the best deal for all.”