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Brexit fallout: Architect bodies join forces to demand free movement

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the problem is the RIBA have no evidence to support the policy position - that the majority of its members support it. It would be straightforward to survey the membership distribution of Leavers and Remainers. Instead the pose of perfect bourgeois harmony is a repellant exhibition of the metropolitan Blairite elitism the country spurned last month. Secondly the assertion (misquoted above) that it is "pressing for continued free movement so vital for architects' practices in the UK" can't be true. There is growing anxiety (AJ student mental health survey) amongst UK students that employment opportunities are ever shortening for them, saddled with horrendous debt. The free movement of architects exacerbates that in a double whammy: depressing salaries and reducing employment for UK nationals. If the EU designers are better than UK designers - just say so, and encourage UK architecture students to go to far cheaper (and as the survey seems to suggest BETTER) european schools. The argument that Architecture is a special case in the Brexit negotiation must surely be quite specious?

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2 August, 2016

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