Our ports must be well connected to the rest of the country if we want to see strong trade

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Our ports must be well connected to the rest of the country if we want to see strong trade

Trade will be crucial to our Covid economic recovery – but we’ll need a strategic approach to regional connectivity and transport links for freight

So, as the country emerges from lockdown and approaches the end of the transition period to Brexit, it’s critical that the Government refocuses its energy on trade.

As bi-lateral negotiations progress with the EU, the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, the domestic trading environment must not be neglected.

We must adopt a new laser-like focus backed by accelerated, targeted and sustained investment in digital and public infrastructure to boost existing industrial clusters and strengthen coastal communities that have been economically left behind.

I’m proud to represent a thriving maritime business cluster, which is home to the newest container port at London Gateway and, in the neighbouring constituency, a brand new freight ferry terminal, Tilbury2 . . . .

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