Whilst absurd Project Fear scare stories continue inside the bubble, outside there is great optimism about the opportunities of Brexit, including at Bristol Port.
Declaring themselves ‘Brexit ready’, Chief Executive David Brown has said: “We remain confident that our systems and operations will continue to function smoothly and efficiently once we leave the EU and whether there is a deal or not.
“We have had excellent dialogue with the relevant government departments and we expect any additional administrative burden to be kept to a minimum.
“And the one thing that Brexit cannot change is our geography and we strongly believe our West coast gateway will enable us to thrive and flourish in the post-Brexit trading climate.”
He has also pointed out that: “65% of the cargo that Bristol Port deals with is non-EU, with the majority imported under World Trade Organisation rules.
“We remain confident that our systems and operations will continue to function smoothly and efficiently once we leave the EU and whether there is a deal or not.
“Bristol Port does not deal with food for people nor with accompanied roll-on roll-off trailers. We expect any additional administrative burden to be kept to a minimum and we anticipate that activity levels will increase in the years ahead – whatever the final Brexit outcome.”
With a recent £7 million investment, they say the Port has “considerable extra capacity to handle an increase in container traffic” if traffic is diverted from Dover.
As they point out, 65% of Bristol Port’s come from rest of world with the majority traded under WTO rules. Sensible businesses are gearing up for the opportunities that Brexit brings, deal or No Deal. It is time for the government to deliver and the country to benefit from becoming a globally-focused, independent nation.