The Builders Merchants Federation is leading calls for urgent talks with the government over the impact of Brexit on the construction industry.
Following the appointment of the new Prime Minister, Theresa May and her Cabinet, the BMF have written to key Ministers to highlight the urgency and importance to the UK economy and jobs of the construction sector in the context of Brexit.
The BMF have welcomed the new Prime Minister’s early pledge that the new government will prioritise housebuilding, which is recognition of both the importance of the sector and the current uncertainty in the economy.
BMF MD John Newcomb said: “Construction is hugely important for the UK economy and it is vital that the industry is prioritised and consulted by the government as Brexit plans develop.
“We want to hear concrete commitments from the government to support housebuilding. It is also critical that we are involved in planning for the potential end of free movement, so that we have the skilled workforce ready that we will need for the future.
We have had very constructive relations with David Cameron’s government and we are looking forward to working closely with the new government”.
The BMF represents over 500 companies who supply materials to 80% of Britain’s builders, plumbers, joiners and decorators.