The RIBA has welcomed Theresa May’s affirmation that she wants recognition of EU professional qualifications to continue after Britain leaves the union
The institute described as ‘positive’ comments made by the prime minister in her latest Brexit speech in the City of London on Friday (2 March).
Professional qualifications in the sector are currently recognised across the EU under the Recognition of Professional Qualifications Regulations 2015.
Setting out her vision for the post-Brexit economic relationship between the UK and the EU, May said: ‘Given that UK qualifications are already recognised across the EU and vice versa, it would make sense to continue to recognise each other’s qualifications in the future.’
The RIBA tweeted: ‘Protecting UK and EU architects via an ongoing mutual recognition of professional qualifications has been a top priority for RIBA since the referendum. Positive that Theresa May has noted the need for a continued agreement.’
A RIBA report published before Christmas warned that a ‘no-deal’ Brexit could severely damage Britain’s architectural profession.
RIBA president Ben Derbyshire said in December: ‘Without a Brexit deal that works for UK architecture, we risk losing more of our global talent, due to increased costs and economic uncertainty.’
The Creative Industries Federation earlier this year said the competitiveness of British building design practices would be damaged if it became harder for staff from the EU to work here.
A report published by the federation said architecture added almost £5 billion to UK GDP each year. It called on the government to encourage regulators to open talks with new partners for the mutual recognition of qualifications.
’This will enable easier access to those markets for UK-qualified architects, but also ensure that the UK has access to global talent,’ said the report.
John Kampfner, chief executive of the Creative Industries Federation
’This speech is a significant step in the right direction. We welcome the prime minister’s recognition of the challenges faced by the creative industries during Brexit negotiations. Almost half of the UK’s creative exports – worth over £35 billion – go to the EU. We now need more detail on how close alignment with EU rules and regulations will be achieved.’