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Sarah Schütte of Schutte Consulting Limited sets out her top ten observations and predictions as to how ‘Project Brexit’ will impact on the construction and engineering industry. Among other things, she looks at market access, labour and skills availability and the effect on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
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So, Brexit is going to happen. It’s official. The Supreme Court has spoken and Parliament has voted. Our Prime Minister has declared her intention to trigger Article 50 by 31 March 2017. Given that the House of Lords is still to be persuaded, that’s
a tall order. Uncertainty continues. But no business can put its operations on hold. So what does all this mean for the construction and engineering industry?
Many of my previous articles have talked about the need for good planning, solid project management support, and consultation with stakeholders (see News Analyses: The future of portfolio, project and programme management—part 1 and part 2 and Stakeholders—managing the challenges and opportunities). Brexit is a 'project'. A big one, certainly, and a long one (maximum 2 years under Article 50, subject to any agreed extensions of time), and it has lots of moving
parts, needs constantly revising and has a requirement for agility. A project like this is a nightmare for the best planners and project managers!
For legal advisers too, Brexit presents a huge challenge. How can we support clients at this time, who feel in limbo? The 10 observations and predictions made in this article follow an unscientific straw poll of my industry clients and contacts. Continuing
the project management parallel, they are all 'project risks'.
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