Emtelles calls on columbusMembers of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) met on 3rd August to discuss the opportunities and challenges posed by Brexit for the built environment professions and the potential added value of working collaboratively to maximise opportunities and deal collectively with the challenges.

Members agreed to provide policy input and support to the working groups established by Sir John Armitt with support from the ICE; and to other initiatives being developed by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the ACE, RIBA and RICS.

Another potential action is to use the wide database provided by the CIC membership of professional bodies in the built environment to gather data and information through regular surveys. Members also agreed to collect and disseminate data and information of value to the built environment professions and to share information amongst the professions.

To this end, CIC has launched the first issue of BREXIT Digest, to be published regularly for its members and their members.

BREXIT Digest is a round-up of the latest news and views about Britain’s withdrawal from the EU and how this impacts upon the built environment professions.   The objective is to share information to ensure a mutual understanding of key issues. Speaking after the meeting, CIC Chief Executive, Graham Watts, said:  “in the five weeks since the referendum, the leading professional bodies have been pro-active in providing policy leads and briefings on the likely impact of Brexit.   CIC can add value to that activity by supporting emerging consensus policy lines; acting as the hub for sharing information; and using the extensive network of the professional bodies to gather data and information”.

To sign up to receive BREXIT Digest you can email enquiries@cic.org.uk (BREXIT Digest in the subject line) to request to be put onto the mailing list and/or if you have a question to pose regarding the consequences of Brexit to fellow built environment professionals, since one intention of the Digest is to compile a list of FAQs with answers.