Brexit: Calm the waters, lighting industry urges UK Govt

The Lighting Industry Association's headquarters in Telford, UK and its CEO Steven Davies. The LIA has appealed for a return to stability following last week's decision by the UK to quit the EU, fuelling uncertainty over market access and collaboration with European partners over lighting standards

The UK’s lighting manufacturers have urged the Government to ‘calm the waters’ following the fallout from the Brexit vote.

The Lighting Industry Association has called for a return to stability after a week in which uncertainty has reigned and the UK’s full access to the single market  and influence on lighting standards has been brought into jeopardy

‘As Britain comes to terms with an EU referendum result which has far reaching implications for the economy and government, it is too early to predict the political landscape or the regulatory one which will shape our future and the impact it will have on our industry,’ the association said in a statement.

‘We live in an age where the answer to most questions is only a click away but the answers to some of the big questions surrounding this result will be hard to find and may take some time.

In the coming weeks and months the LIA will be working with UK officials, other trade associations as well as our European colleagues to understand how this will directly affect LIA members and we will continue to keep the sector informed as we progress.

‘In the meantime the LIA urges the UK government to do all it can to calm the waters and return to stability and we will do everything we can to help bring this about and remove uncertainty.

‘At this stage no-one can second guess the outcome so for the time being we are adopting a ‘business as usual’ stance as Britain is currently still a member of the EU and EU law continues to apply to the full. 

‘What is clear, however, is that the New Settlement for the United Kingdom [David Cameron’s pre-referendum deal on issues including in-work benefits] within the European Union reached earlier this year will not now take effect.

‘We are heartened by messages received from many EU lighting associations assuring us of their wish to remain as friends and close working allies for the benefit of the lighting industry. 

‘The situation is likely to require the LIA to shoulder new responsibilities as members look to us for leadership and guidance, and to be even more pro-active in our lobbying to ensure we secure the best results for our members.’