5 Jul 2019
Policy area: BPF
Published in Estates Gazette this week, our Chief Executive outlines the property sector’s priorities for the incoming Prime Minister
We will find out soon who our next Prime Minister is to be and whether or not they have the ability to unite rather than divide, and to bring leadership and clarity of vision where we have had uncertainty and policy stagnation for too long.
Theresa May leaves a full in-tray for her successor, and an unenviable task of bridging political and societal divisions, providing a vision that the nation can get behind, and delivering Brexit in a way that will not undermine our international relations or damage our economy.
The property sector will play a critical part in supporting government, and the UK’s economic and social wellbeing, as Brexit unfolds and beyond. I’d argue in fact that our sector’s role is now more important than ever before, as it is our investment that creates the physical environments that will support modern ways of living and working – and this will underpin the UK’s success in the future.
The next Prime Minister’s in-tray will be overflowing, and Brexit must be the top priority. He must unite the Conservative party, work with the other parties, and ensure the UK does not crash out of the EU without a deal, and on bad terms. Alongside other business leaders, we have called consistently for the Government to avoid a No Deal Brexit, and we urge the next Prime Minister to listen.
The UK must remain open, with the right conditions to support investment and trade. Of particular concern to our sector is the continued attraction of talent to the UK (and that those from the EU feel welcome here) – not only to ensure the construction sector has the workforce it needs but to ensure, for example, that our world-class universities are still the destination of first choice for international students.
Beyond this, here’s some thoughts from the property sector to help our next Prime Minister prioritise:
By Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation