Potential trade barriers and regulations arising from Brexit were the top concern for members responding to ITI’s recent Brexit consultation.
All respondents (100%) felt it was very important that such measures be minimised to avoid UK-based freelancers and LSPs facing impediments in working with EU companies.*
Other priority issues for members were: establishing how different Government approaches to Brexit might affect the sector (77% of respondents); seeking recognition of translators and interpreters as shortage occupations for visa purposes (76% of respondents); and campaigning to promote the continued future use of UK-based providers for EU work (71%).
There was considerable interest in gaining clarification on the position of EU nationals in the UK, and UK nationals working in the EU, as well as supporting the rights of practitioners to live and work outside their own country.
The desire for clarification on particular practical impacts of Brexit came out clearly, including points in relation to pensions, bank accounts and VAT.
A majority of respondents said they would be willing to write to their MP to highlight key issues and concerns regarding Brexit (78%); a much smaller number could see themselves going to see their MP (25%).
ITI chair Sarah Griffin Mason said: “We would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation. As we approach the triggering of Article 50 and the actual impacts of Brexit become clearer, this information will be invaluable in helping us to prioritise our actions and the guidance we provide to our members.”
Look out for the Brexit page of useful information and links that will be available on the ITI website shortly. We will let members know when this is available.
*99 members responded to this consultation. Percentages for member priorities/concerns relate to the proportion of respondents who gave issues a ‘4’ or ‘5’ rating.