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BSRIA Brexit white paper

BSRIA is a non-profit distributing, member-based association, providing specialist services in construction and building services.

In February 2017, following consultation with its members and the wider industry, BSRIA published a Brexit White Paper, The voice of the built environment, identifying the key issues in the specific context of the built environment industry.

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The White Paper points out the industry that supports the built environment has a major impact on the overall UK economy and plays a positive role in supporting the government’s climate change and emissions reduction objectives. But it is technology intensive, requiring a highly-skilled work force which takes years to train, and it is very dependent on international trade.

The White Paper suggests the major opportunities arising from Brexit are:

  • The possibility of greater international trade.
  • The possibility of a more streamlined regulatory environment.
  • Increased motivation to boost the UK skills base.

The key threats are:

  • The potential lack of access to skilled labour.
  • The potential lack of access to the single market.
  • Future divergence from, and lack of influence over, European standards and regulations.
  • Uncertainty over future research funding in the UK.

The priority issues the government should prioritise in its negotiations are:

  • Access to the remaining EU.
  • International trade.
  • Access to skilled labour from the remaining EU.
  • Research funding.
  • Standards and regulation.
  • Skills funding.

BSRIA intends to embark on a programme of government and parliamentary engagement to ensure the industry’s voice is heard throughout the negotiation process.

Julia Evans, BSRIA Chief Executive, said: “There are several issues that are of severe concern to our industry. Without satisfactory resolution, these could have a large negative impact on the industry and the 562,000 people employed within it.

“Likewise, the EU negotiation and the UK’s new role in the world represent a real opportunity to strengthen and grow this vital industry with opportunities for greater international trade, better focussed regulation and developing a stronger indigenous UK skills base.

“The transitional period will undoubtedly be challenging and from time to time difficult, however, there is a sense of purpose around the subjects which affect this sector of the economy and they deserve and indeed demand attention.”

--BSRIA

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