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RIBA responds to the outcome of the meaningful vote

15 January 2019

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) responds to the defeat of the Prime Minister’s EU withdrawal deal.

RIBA Chief Executive, Alan Vallance, said, “Tonight’s vote has left us in uncharted territory. No deal would be a disaster for the UK and ignores the deep economic, human and legal links between the UK and the EU. For the architecture sector, projects continue to be put on hold as uncertainty damages the investment climate and many EU architects in the UK are still uncertain about their future.

Given the urgency of the situation, the Government and Parliament must, without delay, seek an extension of the Article 50 process to allow for a concerted attempt to reach a deal.

To be weeks away from leaving the EU with no deal or alternative places businesses in an impossible situation. Our politicians cannot leave the public in limbo and business to sort out the situation – they must work together to end the uncertainty.”


Notes to editors

  1. For further press information contact Elise Neve +44 (0)20 7307 3761
  2. The RIBA’s guidance for architects on a no deal can be read here.
  3. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow us on Twitter for regular RIBA updates

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