CIPR calls for clarity for EU citizens in UK

The result of yesterday’s UK General Election means that the uncertainty facing businesses and individuals is not set to end any time soon. Among those most directly affected by this are EU nationals living and working in the UK, their families and their places of work. Guaranteeing their position in this country without further delay would be a simple and widely-supported measure, which we now call on the government to make. 

The UK is a leading provider of professional services to clients all around the world. After we leave the EU, our ability to sustain and grow these markets will be critical for our economic success. UK public relations agencies service clients in many other countries and in-house teams often support global reach or international growth. Doing this depends on drawing from the specialist knowledge of people from those countries, speaking different languages and knowing the business context in their home markets.

Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
Certainty over the status of EU nationals would support the public relations profession in making its contribution to the future of UK. In the years ahead we need an immigration system that allows it to continue earning fees in markets around the world. Training up more UK workers is not likely to address the needs of the sector sufficiently on its own.

For the future, our industry needs an open and flexible immigration system which allows us to continue serving clients around the world to the highest professional standards.
Alastair McCapra, CIPR Chief Executive
Notes to editors

Notes to editors

About the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR)Founded in 1948, the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) is the Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners in the UK and overseas. The CIPR is the largest membership organisation for PR practitioners outside of North America. By size of turnover and number of individually registered members, we are the leading representative body for the PR profession and industry in Europe.

The CIPR advances professionalism in public relations by making its members accountable to their employers and the public through a code of conduct and searchable public register, setting standards through training, qualifications, awards and the production of best practice and skills guidance, facilitating Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and awarding Chartered Public Relations Practitioner status (Chart.PR).