UKIP tells EU "hands off" British ports

Jill Seymour: “This proposal for market access to port services and financial transparency does nothing for ports in the United Kingdom” Jill Seymour: “This proposal for market access to port services and financial transparency does nothing for ports in the United Kingdom”
Industry Database

The latest attempts by the European Union to regulate British ports are a perfect illustration of why the UK voted for Brexit, says the UK Independence Party’s Transport spokesman.

Jill Seymour was speaking in a debate on ‘market access to port services and financial transparency of ports’ with regards to the new Ports Regulation directive.

“This proposal for market access to port services and financial transparency does nothing for ports in the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom is leaving the EU, and regulation like this is typical of the reasons why.” she said.

She added that regulation will have a significant impact on the privately financed ports by preventing them from operating as fully-commercial businesses threatening essential future investment and putting people’s jobs at risk.

There is a growing group of supporters that believe that the Brexit referendum result will free the UK from the excessive rules, regulations and red tape imposed by the EU.

ABP for one has been vocal about the opportunities that leaving the EU will present.

Back in the summer, James Cooper, ABP CEO and Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group, vowed the UK’s maritime industry was ready to support Britain’s transition and capitalise on the opportunities Brexit presents.

Mr Cooper told MPs: “Brexit will bring new challenges, for sure. Investment decisions will be paused while people get their bearings and some may end up being cancelled. But Brexit will also bring new opportunities.”

“Of course ABP wants as good access as the UK can secure to the Single Market. But we also want to see a UK government seize the opportunity to close out free trade agreements with the rest of the world faster than could have been achieved within the confines of the EU.”

He added that ensuring British ports are excluded from the controversial Ports Services Regulation will be a key test of the Government’s Brexit negotiations.

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