The British Ports Association has today published it’s six key policy priorities for the 2019 UK General Election, focussing on a swift and satisfactory resolution to Brexit, safety, planning, connectivity, making the most of UK maritime, and fisheries.
The new document includes a number of key requests of government, including implementation of the industry’s planning proposals, a new Maritime Bill, a freight strategy, and coastal shipping.
Mark Simmonds, Head of Policy & External Affairs at the BPA, said:
”This is a forward-looking, positive programme of realistic proposals that we hope all of those standing for election will be able to sign up to.
We have been pushing many of these themes for a long time but the silver lining of the last few years of uncertainty is a renewed focus on the tremendous value around our ports and maritime industries. Ports are the foundation of the entire £46.1bn maritime economy, supporting industries such as leisure and tourism, commercial fishing, offshore energy aggregates and more.
We look forward to discussing the ideas in this report, and more, with whoever forms the next Government.” . . . .
. . . . read the full article on the BPA website