A purpose in aligning EU procurement regulations has been to ensure our closest markets are freely accessible for design services. The EU has constructively contributed to ensure the ongoing reform of procurement is made better, fairer, more accessible and can stimulate growth. Project Compass research evidence highlights many of the worst procurement practices uniquely emanate from the UK. The Leave campaign have presented no policy on how improvement might be achievable or delivered, with no evidence that leaving the EU would benefit UK construction procurement. In this absence what have we to go on?
Michael Gove when in education axed the BSF programme and illustrated disdain for both SME access and qualitative outputs in the schools building programme. Boris Johnson as London’s Mayor set precedent for disdaining probity and legal process in the Thames Garden Bridge procurement. There is no doubting now that these damaging harbingers have national significance.
Should the UK vote to leave, the immediate likely impacts on procurement practices would initially be minimal as the UK has transposed EU directives into UK regulations. However upon withdrawal from the EU Treaties (which would take at least 2 years), barriers to EU market access would impose constraints on UK practices working within the EU. For many EU architects working on projects, within practices and academia in the UK, opportunities would also become constrained. This would reduce the UK’s talent pool, diminish prospects, capacity and the economic strength of the creative/design services sector. Separate subsequent negotiations on market access to individual countries across the globe could take anything from 10 years, subject to the civil and diplomatic services having the available resources. We should anticipate a Leave decision might herald a long period of instability and reduced procurement opportunity, independently of how a Brexit might otherwise destabilise the underlying economic, cultural, social and security environment in the UK and EU. A significant recessionary decline might therefore be anticipated.
The ascendant popularists would have us believe that xenophobia, nationalism, islamophobia and isolation, within an increasingly interconnected world, is a good thing.
PCompass on the contrary welcome and enjoy an open accessible and inter connected world where we can work together in collaboration with our European partners and colleagues in facing pressing shared issues together and solving common problems that can ensure stability, rights, freedom and prosperity.
We have no doubts the Leave campaign is entirely regressive.
We hope you will agree with us in urging everyone to VOTE REMAIN.