Commenting on the Prime Minister's Brexit speech, ICE Director General and Secretary Nick Baveystock said:
"The Prime Minister rightly identifies infrastructure as probably the critical enabler to UK economic growth, social cohesion and employment. Successful engineers and engineering businesses have a hugely positive effect on any nation's global trading position. Highly trained, motivated and skilled labour is fundamental to industrial success and UK remains a magnet for international talent and innovation.
"For us to be a truly successful global trading nation we must maintain and grow these skills. Construction provides 2.9 million jobs, contributes nearly £90Bn (6.7%) to the economy and provides significant opportunities for foreign investment in UK. Reducing uncertainties for investors, industry and skilled labour can only enhance that attractiveness."