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BREXIT WARNING: Invest in British ports or face being left behind, Theresa May urged

June 8, 2018 by  
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THERESA May has been urged to invest in public transport and infrastructure to ensure that Britain’s freight operators and ports are fit for purpose after Brexit and keep pace with the EU.

Theresa May has been urged to invest in British ports and transport infrastructure

With representatives of the European ports industry gathering in Rotterdam for the European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) Annual Conference, the British Ports Association (BPA) said it was vital funding levels were maintained to help UK facilities to compete.

Discussions about the UK’s future relationship with the bloc once it quits in March 2019 have been deadlocked for weeks and the BPA is concerned that there is a lack of clarity as to whether Britain plans to prioritise investment in the transport network.

The BPA wants UK policymakers to push pro-investment transport strategies in a similar way to the European Commission’s TEN-T programme or even to mirror schemes such as the Motorways of the Sea programme and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund.

Speaking on the eve of the ESPO Conference, the British Ports Association’s chief executive Richard Ballantyne said: “The UK ports industry is a competitive sector.

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