ACE COMMENTS ON THERESA MAY'S BREXIT SPEECH
"Mixed bag" for the engineering sector
Commenting on the Prime Minister’s speech today, Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, chief executive of Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has stated:
"The Prime Minister’s speech today was a mixed bag for the engineering sector.
"For instance, we welcome the desire of the government to ensure as much clarity and certainty as possible, as we embark on Brexit negotiations. Particularly since the delivery of vital infrastructure outlined in various government policies relies on such stability for effective investment, upskilling, and resource decision-making, among others.
"Much of what Mrs May said we have heard before, however, and the persistent refusal to take the moral high ground and guarantee the rights of non-UK EU citizens based here is troubling. UK engineering faces a skills shortage of thousands in the coming decade and undermining the attractiveness of the country as a destination for one’s engineering career, as well as bringing uncertainty and instability to the lives of those already planning on studying and building a career here, will only make this worse.
"We urge the Prime Minister to address this as soon as possible, otherwise the government’s plans for a revolution in house building, a new high speed, high capacity rail line, investment in our road network, and other programmes could be put at risk."