Offering post-EU Referendum advice to the UK Government
A message from the Chief Executive, Martin Powell.
The result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on EU membership will have a material effect on engineering, both in the UK and internationally. It is important that the wider engineering community works together to provide coherent responses to Government wherever possible.
To this end, the Institution is working in partnership with the 38 organisations that represent the UK engineering profession to provide evidence-based advice to Government and ensure that all sectors are well represented and understood. The Royal Academy of Engineering will lead and co-ordinate this work.
A project has been established to consult widely across engineering and beyond, gather evidence, analyse the risks and opportunities and produce appropriate advice to Government. In doing so, the Academy has sent a letter offering support to the Government unit which is leading the transition planning. The profession has offered its support for the duration of the planning stage as well as to those undertaking the future negotiations.
Clearly the breadth of the engineering profession means that a single response may not be right for all situations and it is important that structural engineering contributes to the advice given to Government. To this end I would ask members of the Institution – both in the UK and internationally – to send me any evidence-based issues that might impact positively or adversely as a result of the recent referendum. As appropriate we will forward this information into the review channels of the engineering and/or construction communities.
Finally, I would like to reassure you that the Institution remains above all an international organisation, dedicated to supporting the profession through professional standards and acting as a voice for structural engineers – wherever they are in the world.
Address for evidence: CEX@IstructE.org