Freeports are an important aspect of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s post-Brexit global vision, because they enable goods to be sent overseas without being liable for tariffs.
Mr Murray told Express.co.uk: “Our vision is to become a green maritime superpower.
“With more certainty now and with new climate targets being announced by the Prime Minister next week, our path to getting there feels clearer.”
He explained: “The single biggest problem coastal communities have faced is neglect.
“Once known for their pioneering spirit, successive governments let the traditional industries go with nothing to replace them, giving the youngest and brightest little reason to stay.
“And the coronavirus pandemic has hit our coastal towns the hardest. They have higher proportions of workers in the industries most affected by closures, such as tourism and retail.” . . . . .
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