Leading figures in UK architecture, including RIBA chief executive Alan Vallance and Make founding partner Ken Shuttleworth, have written to Theresa May setting out their Brexit demands
Forty-two members of the Professional and Business Services Council (PBSC) signed a letter to the prime minister over the deal being negotiated for the UK to leave the EU.
The PBSC represents sectors including architecture, surveying and law, which the letter says jointly employ 4.6 million people in the UK.
Among other things, its members called for mutual recognition of professional qualifications after Brexit and demanded the ability to fly workers in and out of countries across the EU.
‘The UK needs a deal that is good for Britain and one that works for the EU27,’ said the letter.
‘For this to be achieved, the contribution of the British professional services sector to the success of the UK and EU27 economies needs to be recognised and protected. We look forward to working with you to secure a deal which will sustain and enhance this success in the years to come.’
RIBA chief executive Alan Vallance said: ’The RIBA is pleased to support this letter that shows a united front from businesses across the UK to ensure that we get the best deal when the UK leaves the EU.
’Alongside the sectors represented in the letter, architecture is a global success story, generating £4.8 billion in gross value added for the economy every year.
‘The UK is renowned for producing innovative and inspiring buildings and communities in the UK and across the world. As we enter this crucial stage in negotiations with the EU, jeopardising our reputation for excellence could have dire consequences for the economy.’
Last month the UK’s largest practice, Foster + Partners, said it would consider moving its headquarters from London if Brexit meant it could no longer attract the world’s best architects (see AJ 14.06.18).
In March, the RIBA welcomed Theresa May’s affirmation that she wanted recognition of EU professional qualifications to continue after Britain leaves the union.