ICE identifies five key infrastructure questions for EU referendum debate

With the EU Referendum looming, ICE have set out questions that both sides should be able to answer and back up with evidence during the course of the debate.

The EU Referendum takes place on 23rd June
The EU Referendum takes place on 23rd June

The questions are designed to encourage figures on both sides of the debate to explain how their position will impact on the UK's ability to secure the high performing infrastructure that is vital for our future wellbeing.

They include questioning the impacts on project delivery, infrastructure investment, research funding and collaboration, access to skills and use of common codes and standards. They must also be backed up with evidence to help voters make an informed decision about whether to remain in the EU or to leave, when the EU Referendum poll opens on Thursday, 23 June.

  • Will the UK infrastructure sector be better or worse placed to access the skilled labour it needs to meet the nation's demand for infrastructure services?
  • Will the UK be better or worse placed to access the Foreign Direct Investment it needs to meet the UK's demand for infrastructure services?
  • Will it be easier or more difficult to deliver and secure the full benefits from existing and planned projects?
  • Will the UK's world leading science and engineering research community be in a better or worse position?
  • Will the UK be in a better or worse position in relation to the creation and adoption of international codes and standards that shape much national and international civil engineering activity?

As the voice of infrastructure, ICE exists to develop and share knowledge that can help improve the delivery and operation of infrastructure and does not take a position on the political question of whether or not the UK should remain within the EU.

The questions capture ICE's understanding of the current situation, which is constantly monitored, and ICE will work with members as the evidence base develops. Member views and evidence in relation to these five core questions are welcome and can be shared by emailing policy@ice.org.uk.

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