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Brexit: No clear effect on planning-related EU law, says RTPI

Words: Laura Edgar
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Despite the EU referendum result, the planning profession will continue to be international in its outlook, says the RTPI.

The referendum result on the UK’s membership in the EU saw 51.9 per cent (17,410,742) of people vote to leave, with 48.1 per cent voting to remain (16,141,241). London, Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to remain in the EU.

Following the result, Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech outside Downing Street, announcing that he would step down by October, before the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

He said it would be for the new prime minister to carry out negotiations with the EU and to invoke Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which would give the UK two years to negotiate its withdrawal.

Phil Williams, president of the RTPI, said it is “imperative” now it has been decided, that planners should receive the resources needed to continue to work with all in the built environment sector to “deliver development to enable growth and deal with the housing crisis”.

However, Williams said that at this stage “it is not clear, what impact the decision will have on planning related EU law and directives that have been transposed into national legislation”.

Despite the referendum result, “the planning profession will continue to be international in its outlook”.

“Our membership reflects this, with members in over 80 countries and many based in the UK who work on projects outside of the country. RTPI Chartered Membership is a brand recognised and respected internationally. There is a long tradition of sharing best practice between professionals in the UK and Europe and the institute will continue to disseminate this."

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