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Statement from ITI - EU Referendum

Dear member,

As you are undoubtedly aware by now; yesterday’s referendum has led to the announcement that the UK will leave the European Union.

The Institute of Translation and Interpreting is an apolitical entity that takes no stance on the referendum. However, we are certain that the EU referendum decision will mark our sector in ways we may or may not have anticipated for many years to come, and that we should therefore take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to you as our members.

The Board and I would like to reassure you that we will continue to promote the highest standards in the profession, making every effort to support you appropriately in the face of any changes that may impact upon the translation and interpreting sector in the future.

We firmly believe that good cross-cultural and interlinguistic communication is central to political, economic and cultural exchanges of all types, making a fundamental contribution to the stability and development of our increasingly globalised world. We are certain that translation and interpreting will be essential to these processes for the foreseeable future.

We will continue to lobby for the professionalisation of our sector and for a wider understanding of the value of the work of our members, both alone and in partnership with other entities.

In discussions of the potential impact of the referendum result with the Chair of the CIOL, Karen Stokes, earlier this week, we agreed that the members of our respective organisations have many concerns in common and we aim to build on this cooperation for the good of the sector as a whole.

ITI will also continue to work on relationships with MPs and sector experts, getting our voices heard with individuals and bodies both within our sector and beyond.

Sarah Griffin-Mason
ITI Chair

Paul Wilson
Chief Executive

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