The effects of Brexit on Linguists working in the EU

On 13 September eCPD Webinars hosted a webinar for members of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and the Association of Translation Companies about the effects of Brexit on linguists. The aim was to publish the results of surveys taken by both organisations before and after the referendum in June 2016 and to take further action in light of the result, which was a disappointment to the majority of both CIOL and ATC members.

Although neither association has any definitive answers as to what is likely to happen in the next months and years  – the Government is revealing little – the webinar was an extremely useful tool for deciding on any future action that the associations can take.

By the end of the webinar, a consensus emerged among the participants that they would like to see CIOL and ATC join together with other organisations in this country and in Europe to highlight and emphasise to Government circles the importance of language both now and in the uncertain future of a United Kingdom outside the European Union.

You can view the webinar here. It also contains the results of the pre- and post-referendum surveys carried out by the two organisations.


  1. Tracy

    Thank you very much for organising this webinar. I agree that it is important that European Translation Associations and companies are also asked to lobby the UK government, and their own governments, to ensure that language professionals get the best deal possible.

    • Thank you for your comment Tracy. I hope to be kept informed of what the translation associations are doing in this respect.

  2. Paul

    Thank you for this. Brexit is a huge concern for all the reasons identified here and more, so a concerted and continued lobbying of the UK government, especially by representative organisations such as these, is the way we must go to try to make the best of the situation.

  3. Just listened to the webinar, interesting. Over the past year or so I have spotted several Export and Language Masterclasses organised by various divisions of the UKTI. I think there is an opportunity for our language associations to get in touch with various regional offices of the Department for International Trade (formerly UKTI) and offer the expertise we can bring at similar events in the future. Considering some prospects of Brexit and the recent story of Liam Fox encouraging British companies to export more, there may be more extensive government funding available for such events.