The Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL) is the pre-eminent UK-based professional membership body for language practitioners. It aims to enhance the recognition and promote the value of languages and language skills in the public interest. CIOL’s aims and objectives are founded on the belief that knowledge of languages and intercultural competence benefit society economically, culturally and politically.
CIOL’s position on the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, following the referendum in June 2016, is guided by the views of its members and their elected representatives on its governing body, gathered through member surveys and regular discussions in Council.
CIOL supports Brexit and Languages: a checklist for government negotiators and officials, published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Modern Languages in October 2016, which sets out four key language-specific objectives for the Brexit process:
Furthermore, CIOL believes that:
CIOL is committed to working with other organisations in the languages field and with professional bodies in other sectors, which share its belief in constructive engagement with the government during the Brexit negotiating process.