Engineers are being encouraged to contribute their views on the potential impacts for UK engineering of leaving the European Union.

The Royal Academy of Engineering is co-ordinating a project on behalf of the 38 professional engineering organisations, with the aim of providing evidence-based advice to government on the opportunities and risks presented by the outcome of the EU referendum. Engineers from all disciplines are invited to share their experiences and thoughts on the potential impact of the ‘leave’ vote on such areas as higher education, skills, energy and the environment, standards and a range of issues that affect engineering industry.

The consultation follows an interactive webinar on 8 August, in which the Academy outlined the work it is co-ordinating and invited members of the engineering community to contribute their views. Almost 200 people tuned in to the webinar, hosted by the IET, to learn more about the project, question the team, and share their expertise.

The webinar is available to view at the IET website.

Watch webinar - Have your say: securing the best outcome for engineering from the EU negotiations

The project is being taken forward through a series of workshops and discussions in all four countries of the UK.

The project team ( is interested in hearing from engineers in all sector about the risks and opportunities for engineering in the UK leaving the EU.

Notes for editors

  1. The engineering profession’s response to the EU referendum is being coordinated through the Engineering the Future (EtF) group. EtF is an alliance of the professional engineering institutions and national organisations that between them represent 450,000 professional engineers. Through EtF, the engineering profession speaks with one voice on engineering issues of national and international importance. It provides independent – and expert – engineering advice to government. It promotes understanding of the critical contribution that engineering makes to national policy and to addressing the grand challenges facing society.

    EtF membership comprises the UK’s 35 engineering institutions plus EngineeringUK, the Engineering Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering.

  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession