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Brexit - an RTPI timeline

We've created a handy timeline for you to show all our activity around Brexit. It's something we are passionate about given the significant impact it will have around so many different aspects of planning. From environmental and building standards, access to skilled workers, funding for research and infrastructure projects, to the regulatory environment around all these areas, the impacts will be significant and profound. 


Date Activity

August 2019

RTPI President Ian Tant expresses concerns around the impact of a No Deal Brexit and calls for greater certainty from government. 

January 2019

The RTPI publishes 'Environmental Planning after Brexit', a research paper looking at how the relationship between EU environmental legislation and the planning systems of the UK should evolve, post Brexit. 


In her latest blog Dr Janice Morphet looked at the implications of the Prime Minister's deal being voted down on Tuesday 15 January. 

December 2018

In her latest blog Dr Janice Morphet looks at what's been agreed so far on Brexit between the UK and the EU, and what our Brexit options might be.

July 2018

The joint institutes write to the new Minister for Trade, the Rt. Hon. George Hollingbery MP to request to meet with him.

June 2018

Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) produces an RTPI commissioned briefing paper for the RTPI which considers the impacts of Brexit on the UK's implementation of key EU directives and legislation related to land use.

April 2018

RTPI Head of Policy, Practice Research, Richard Blyth, publishes a blog on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

January 2018

RTPI publishes EU Withdrawal Bill briefing for House of Lords debate. 

December 2017

The RTPI submits written evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee on Devolution and Exiting the EU Inquiry. In it the Institute says repatriation of powers to Whitehall alone after Brexit is not enough to uphold existing planning and environment related EU directives, the implementation of which are highly devolved.

September 2017

RTPI Scotland provides written evidence to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament on the impact of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on the Devolution Settlement.


The RTPI produces a briefing for MPs on the EU Withdrawal Bill.

July 2017

The RTPI joins a 'Rural Coalition' of national organisations and a joint statement is issued to government. It highlights the importance for Brexit policy decisions such as those on EU trade, regulations, funding and migrant labour to be rural proofed to ensure that they meet rural needs.


The RTPI welcomes a new report by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment. The report warns that Brexit could prove disastrous for the delivery of new homes and infrastructure unless the construction industry can easily draw on EU workers while it skills up a stronger domestic workforce in the transition.


In a jointly issued statement, the four institutes raised skills and standards as Brexit priorites.

June 2017

Dr Janice Morphet publishes a blog reflecting on what's happened in the year since the Brexit referendum. 

May 2017

The RTPI publishes general election manifesto calling for the next government to create an inclusive, economically successful and resilient society after Brexit with jobs, homes and infrastructure where they are needed through planning.

March 2017

The RTPI publishes a members briefing covering the constitutional process plus legal, financial and environmental issues that are affected by Brexit.

September 2016

RTPI Policy and Networks Manager, James Harris, publishes a blog looking at the impact of Brexit on the Environment.  


The joint institutes write to David Davis, Minister for Exiting the EU, warning the UK's construction skills crisis could severely worsen, if the Government does not act to ensure access to a skilled workforce.

July 2016 

Dr Janice Morphet publishes a blog looking at Brexit uncertainties for planning to contend with.


RTPI Head of Policy, Practice Research, Richard Blyth, publishes a blog looking at what Brexit means for Planning and Planners.