“Free Ports are an exciting post-Brexit policy idea that can turbo charge economic growth in our regions, boost manufacturing and drive exports,” he said.
“I am delighted the UK’s leading port operator ABP has led many other businesses in urging the Government to join countries around the world and embrace Free Ports.”
Mark Garnier, a minister at the department for international trade, added: “As an international economic department we want to create more trading connections throughout the world, and we welcome ABP’s contribution to the debate on how that can be achieved.”
However, Charlie Elphicke, the MP for Dover, was less enthusiastic about the plans.
He said: “Everyone knows that the fastest, most efficient and best route for trade to the Continent is through Dover – and we’re working tirelessly to see that it stays that way.”