He reassured members that the global status of members’ qualifications is unchanged by the result of the referendum and confirmed that there will be a period of negotiation between the EU and the UK. The President assured members that ICE will monitor any proposals closely to ensure that their needs are understood and are prioritised in the UK’s negotiating stance.
He commented that the negotiations are likely to take some time but said that ICE would draw on the close working relationship we have with the UK Government to ensure that they understand how society benefits from a strong civil engineering profession.
ICE Director General, Nick Baveystock also commented on the UK’s decision:
“During the referendum debate ICE did not take a position on the constitutional question of whether or not the UK should remain within the EU. The purpose of ICE is to develop and share expert knowledge which aids the delivery and operation of infrastructure for the benefit of society.”
“ICE will provide decision makers with a clear view on the priority issues that will affect the nation’s ability to secure high performing infrastructure – including project delivery, investment, research funding, codes and standards, and access to skills.”