The decision to leave the EU places ports at the forefront of the drive to protect the UK’s future prosperity. 95% of our trade in goods moves by sea and ports provide the key link connecting British businesses and exporters to global markets. Our industry stands ready to work closely with government to help deliver the best possible outcome for Britain following the EU referendum result. That means working to achieve four key objectives:
- Secure the best possible access to the Single Market, with minimum disruption to the movement of goods and services at UK borders;
- Deliver new trade agreements with the rest of the world as quickly as possible;
- Build a UK regulatory environment to maximise the nation’s competitive advantage;
- Guarantee Government support for major infrastructure projects, to ensure that UK industry is well positioned to take advantage of any new business opportunities that may arise.
The UK ports industry is a national success story. We are committed to making sure that this success can continue to help promote trade, attract investment and create jobs.