Commenting on the new proposed Brexit deal Tim Morris, Chief Executive of the UK Major Ports Group, the trade association for Britain’s largest port operators, said “It’s important for all parties to carefully consider the new proposed Brexit deal. Of course practically a mutually agreed departure from the EU is preferable to a sudden dislocation, although the UK’s robust and adaptable ports sector has been working hard to prepare for disruption from any scenario.
It’s important to bear in mind that there are no easy solutions. A sea border between Northern Ireland and Great Britain brings it’s own challenges. Four times as much trade moves across the potential sea border as over the land border with the Republic of Ireland. Two thirds of the trade handled by Northern Irish ports is with Great Britain. And we will need to create new processes and potentially infrastructure on ports in both Northern Ireland and Great Britiain to accommodate a sea border. Preparations on addressing these issues and the long term border arrangements with the EU must start as soon as a deal is ratified, if that is to be the case.”
Source: UK Major Ports Group