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Construction Industry responds to Article 50 The UK will begin negotiations with the EU’s 27 member states in May 2017 concerning trade, immigration and security, in addition to an interim arrangement which may last up to three years before final arrangements are made. Issues likely to be discussed include the Northern Ireland border, sovereignty, the European Arrest Warrant and crossborder security arrangements. Commenting in Parliament, the Prime Minister said: “I want the United Kingdom to emerge from this period of change stronger, more united, and more outward-looking than ever. I want us to be a secure, prosperous, tolerant country, a magnet for international talent – a country that reaches beyond the borders of Europe, too.” The Article 50 announcement received a mixed response from across the UK construction industry. RIBA President Jane Duncan has written to RIBA members stating

that: “RIBA Chief Executive Alan Vallance and I have been regularly meeting with Government ministers to take your thoughts and concerns right to the heart of Government. We have taken the invaluable feedback you provided in our recent Brexit survey to produce the Global by Design report, which will help shape these conversations going forward. I was encouraged that mutual recognition of professional qualifications, a key concern for many of you, was recognised within the Government’s Brexit White Paper. “EU citizens, from outside the UK – people who we count as colleagues, friends and family make a significant contribution to our profession. We would like to assure these colleagues that we are continuing to press Government to ensure your rights are protected as a matter of priority.” Patrick Flaherty, Chief Executive, UK and Ireland at the multinational engineering firm, AECOM, commented: “Now that Article 50

has been triggered, industry still faces a minimum of two years of continued uncertainty, particularly around issues such as labour availability and construction material costs. Focus must remain on progressing the UK’s ambitious infrastructure pipeline to give confidence to the market in the intervening period.” The Builders Merchants’ Federation (BMF) focused on the need for a mutuallybeneficial customs agreement based on zero or low tariffs. The organisation commented that leaving the Customs Union without a comprehensive free trade agreement may unsettle planned investments and confidence, with severe repercussions for the building materials supply chain. BMF managing director John Newcomb commented: “Builders merchants already face significant material price rises due to currency fluctuations and worry that proper consideration is not being given to other obstacles that hamper trade.”

GGF appoints new Chief Executive The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce that Phil Pluck has been appointed as its new Chief Executive. Phil brings with him a wealth of experience in leading professional membership bodies and is currently the Managing Director and Commercial Director for the Royal Town Planning Institute. On accepting the GGF Chief Executive role Phil commented:

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“It is a very real privilege to be joining the GGF as their next CEO ...being part of the GGF at this time to both support its current success and to take it to the next stage of its growth is very exciting. Alan Burgess, GGF President said: “We are delighted that Phil has accepted the role of Chief Executive and the GGF will undoubtedly benefit from his broad senior management skills and leadership experience. www.ggf.org.uk

Phil Pluck, GGF’s new Chief Executive

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