by Brandon Lewis MP
"The worry about possible Brexit loomed large at MIPIM in Cannes last week. The property industry, looking to invest, and British towns and cities, promoting their land to international investors – all were concerned about the impact of the UK leaving the EU.
Our property industry is international. Without access to that wide range of finance it would be crippled.
But the concerns are not only financial. Of course, as a government we are working hard to fill the skills gap in
the construction industry, with a massive expansion of the apprenticeship programme. Meanwhile, we still need access to the skilled labour market that EU membership makes available to us.
Leaving would also have an impact on our supply-line export companies: 3m people are involved in such activities. And it could disrupt the imports of the supplies needed for building, from bricks to modular build models, delaying the development of the advanced construction techniques which will increase the speed of build out."