The result of last week's referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union does not have any immediate impact for RSSB, its members or the wider rail industry in this country.
Our work includes representing British railway industry interests at European and international level on a range of issues, groups and activities as well as helping the industry to agree shared standards and guidance, some of which is to help rail companies meet legal obligations derived from EU law. While the UK is still a member of the EU, these obligations and requirements will still need to be met by duty holders.
It's too early to say what the longer term implications of Brexit will be on Britain's rail sector or our approach to standards setting and safety regulation, said RSSB Interim Managing Director Mark Phillips. We will be working closely with our members, the Department for Transport, Office of Rail and Road and other industry bodies, to understand and manage any potential changes to rail's regulatory framework as they arise. Mr Phillips continued.
RSSB believes that the rail industry's strategy for standards is unlikely to change fundamentally, since standards exist to help companies meet a range of obligations, many of which are likely to exist whether we are in or out of the EU. If the UK retains its commitment to open global markets and reduced barriers to trade across Europe and beyond, our members and their supply chain will still want to buy and sell relevant products and services efficiently, and our approach to standards is designed to support that aim.
It is also unlikely that our ability to participate in European-level standards committees will change, although the economic agreement that the UK is able to broker with the EU could affect our level of influence. Many of these committees exist outside of the EU constitutional framework and already involve non-EU countries, and we hope we can still play a valuable role in this work.