UK ports have been working with the government to find ways to mitigate the possible cross border problems that might arise at Ro-Ro ports in the short term, in case of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit. However, the British Ports Association says that there are still concerns about the level of preparedness of the logistics sector and the possible impact of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit.
According to the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), all parts of Britain will experience economic difficulties in case of a No-Deal Brexit. Namely, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal, then it will suffer an economic loss which may last until 2034. The CBI noted that the North East of England region would receive the hardest hit, as it would lose 10.5% of its real gross value added.
British Ports Association responds to Odgers Berndston survey ‘Brexit, Business Leaders and Investment’. The survey focuses on UK’s preparedness for Brexit and in the possibility of a no-deal scenario. The British Ports Association has suggested ports and terminals are considering a range of potential outcomes. The uncertainty has made it difficult for ports to make firm investment decisions in potential solutions.
As UK’s Prime Minister’s, Theresa May, deal for Brexit was rejected by 230 votes, major businesses in Britain seem to be in loss and beyond warned as a no-deal Brexit seems closer. According to Reuters, businesses are afraid of crucial job losses and mayhem at ports whether the country does not see eye to eye with a European Union withdrawal.
Providing its comment on the rejection of the Brexit plan, BPA said that the government must set out its alternative plans and prevent a disorderly withdrawal from the EU. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes. This is the largest defeat for a government in history.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes. This is the largest defeat for a government in history. Namely, MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which describes how the UK willl exit from the EU on 29 March. The UK is still on course to leave EU on 29 March, but this defeat obscures how the exit will take place.
Ahead of the Parliamentary Brexit vote, Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive of the British Ports Association, provided his comment. He said that the Parliament will probably not agree on the deal. In that case, the UK government must avoid the disruption as much as possible.
The British Ports Association is looking at barriers and benefits UK ports are facing beyond Brexit concerning 2019. BPA’s promoting port sectors, increasing public transport investment, planning improvements and issues about people and safety will be some of the priorities set for all ports across the UK.
Following reports of a number of instances where defective pilot ladders were identified on foreign ships visiting British ports and the regular use of dangerously weighted heaving lines by some vessels at UK ports, the British Ports Association (BPA) has called on the international shipping community to face up to these ongoing safety issues.
Following the UK Prime Minister’s statement confirming that the Parliamentary vote on the Withdrawal Agreement has been delayed, the BPA’s Chief Executive noted that many of the UK’s ports with EU trade and the wider logistics industry is becoming anxious.
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