London,
29
March
2017

Article 50: Maximum stability and access to talent vital for PR and communications industry

Following today's triggering of Article 50, Francis Ingham MPRCA, Director General, PRCA, said:

"A large majority of the UK public relations and communications industry favoured the ‘Remain’ side in last year’s Referendum. In the aftermath of the result, an equally clear number favoured a deal which included freedom of movement, and which retained membership of the Single Market.

"Now that Article 50 has been triggered, the industry looks to the Prime Minister to return home with a deal which provides maximum stability for the country, and which allows the UK to retain its position as Europe’s most advanced and sophisticated PR and communications market. That in turns means low – if any – barriers to the trading of services, alongside access to the very best of talent, regardless of which passport a person holds.

"The most recent PRCA PR Census showed that five percent of UK practitioners are from an EU country, and not in possession of a UK passport. That’s over four thousand people who view their future with uncertainty. If the UK is to retain and continue to attract talented employees, then the status of non-UK citizens must be resolved as a matter of urgency. This will be a vital issue for the future of many PR and communications agencies."

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Who we are: Founded in 1969, the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA) is a UK-based PR and communications membership body, operating in 48 countries around the world. We represent in excess of 20,000 people across the whole range of the PR and communications industry. The PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisations.

What we do: The Association exists to raise standards in PR and communications, providing members with industry data, facilitating the sharing of communications best practice and creating networking opportunities.

How we do it and make a difference: All PRCA members are bound by a professional charter and codes of conduct, and benefit from exceptional training. The Association also works for the greater benefit of the industry, sharing best practice and lobbying on the industry's behalf e.g. fighting the NLA's digital licence.

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