‘CRUCIAL maritime sector must be protected after Brexit!’ – Industry boss warns Government

THE UK GOVERNMENT needs to make sure the "crucial" maritime sector is protected from possible Brexit negative effects.

Maritime UK chairman David Dingle said the group is going to push the Government to ensure the sector is protected after Brexit.

The group brings together UK shipping ports, and the marine and shipping industry to promote the sector's activities.

He said: "We are a crucial component of British success after Brexit and that’s really the message we want to drive home.

"It’s really really important that we as an industry give clear messages to the Government as to what we expect."

The British maritime industry supports nearly 500,000 jobs globally.

It also contributes around £22.2billion to the UK GDP.

Mr Dingle said: "The maritime sector – be it shipping or off-shore sector, be it the professional maritime services in this country, our ports or our contribution to maritime tourism – is the engine of UK trade."

After the 2016 EU referendum, sector representatives have expressed their concern over possible effects Brexit could have on the industry.

Guy Platten, chief executive officer for the UK Chamber of Shipping, said he was particularly worried about lengthy customs checks.

He said: "It can take up to an hour for a truck now, multiply that by 8,000 a day and you can see what happens.

"It is going to be an absolute disaster for the ports and for our sector as well."

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