Confor Chief on Brexit: 'Engaging effectively to shape the future of new UK forestry sector'
In the aftermath of the EU Referendum vote, Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive of the Confederation of Forest Industries (Confor), has expressed his vision of the UK forestry sector in a blog post significantly entitled 'All change, all change!'.
"During times of change it is those who engage most effectively who shape both the destination and the means of getting there. For the forestry and timber sector we're not going to determine what the trade relationship is with the EU, but we can and should get out there and explain to politicians and those who advise and influence them on how to protect and promote the sector", wrote Mr Goodall.
"For that we need clear messages and priorities, and a co-ordinated effort to get those points over through repeated activity. Confor produced an analysis of the key issues ahead of the referendum and is now updating that to identify what the sector needs - the questions that need answered, the actions that need to be taken."
"This will take a little time, and we have that, not least because Labour and the Tories are engulfed in leadership speculation. But the sooner we can begin the better", Mr Goodall concluded.
In this context, the next meeting of the Westminster All-Party Parliamentary Group on Forestry (APPGF) on July 12th will discuss what the Leave vote means and office-bearers from the APPGF have been briefed by Confor.