“Now that a snap general election has been confirmed, the maritime sector will be looking to the political parties to set out their manifestos to deliver economic stability, certainty, and predictability over the course of the next Parliament.
“The UK is embarking on the most crucial set of negotiations in a generation, and industry wants to limit distraction from the task of securing the best possible deal as the UK leaves the EU. Maritime UK continues to argue for a Brexit deal that ensures the UK’s attractiveness as a place to do business, takes a global approach to global issues, and capitalises upon new freedoms to back British industry.
“Maritime is central to the UK’s industrial strategy – both in terms of enabling swift and efficient global trade, and by advancing innovation and boosting exports of our own maritime products and services. Both of which will help boost productivity and deliver growth across the whole country. Regardless of the outcome of this election, this timely work must continue.
“We’re committed to ensuring that the UK is the most competitive place to do business, and we look forward to working with the next Government to make it a reality.
“With the UK having triggered Article 50, the maritime sector has a unique and critical role in guaranteeing that the country makes a success of Brexit. With a resolve to increase exports and sign ambitious trade deals with countries across the world, the maritime sector has a unique opportunity to make ‘Global Britain’ a reality, and it is ready to do so.”