Today, we assume our positions leading Britain’s £40bn maritime sector and count ourselves among its 1,000,000 employees.
Britain is an island, a maritime nation, and our sector fuels trade with the rest of the world – some 95 per cent of imports and exports, worth over £500bn.
For almost three years, national debate has been focused on the intricacies of our relationship with the European Union. Brexit as a process has proved divisive for the nation and the government. The uncertainties to which it has given rise have been damaging to the British economy and to business.
Now that we have a withdrawal deal on the table, MPs should give it their support so that we can move on and look beyond, to the future opportunities that wait for our country.
The UK has long pioneered technological advancements and solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges. The drive for progress is something inherent in British people – it was that same drive that led to the telephone, the world wide web, the smallpox vaccine, and the gas turbine, to name but a few of our inventions.