Thursday, October 6, 2022

MEP Tim Aker writes to minister to encourage worldwide trade into Thurrock post Brexit

Tim Aker MEP

TIM Aker Writes To Liam Fox To Encourage Worldwide Trade Into Thurrock Post Brexit – Nothing To Fear From A No Deal

THURROCK Independents Cllr and EFDD MEP, Tim Aker has written to Dr Liam Fox MP the Secretary of State for International Trade to encourage him to maximise the use of London Gateway super-port post Brexit and grasp the opportunity it presents.

Cllr Tim Aker MEP said: “Brexit creates a fantastic opportunity for the UK to fully engage again with the entire world and build our own trade agreements with whoever we want rather than having to follow the wishes of the European Union. We have the capacity to do it. We just need the will to do it.

“On top of the EU goods, we can start diversify our imports from around the world, not only French lamb but New Zealand lamb too, Australian sparkling wine as well as Champagne, Japanese automotive parts alongside German ones too.

“The more use the UK can get out of the London Gateway and the other ports in Thurrock, then more jobs will be created in the local area. This means everyone can benefit from Brexit.”

The Letter

Dear Secretary of State,

I am writing to draw your attention to an important opportunity which could also solve some of the problems currently being attributed to Brexit.

London Gateway, the super-port in my constituency, holds the keys to a successful Brexit. This massive new development is at the mouth of the Thames. It is the UK’s newest deep-water port and, so far, is only really half on stream.

So far, 3 berths for the largest deep-sea ocean-going container ships have begun operation. These have a capacity of 2.4million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) annually. Although commercial confidentiality precludes us knowing exactly how much of this is currently un-used, the company tell us that there is significant spare capacity.

Moreover, the port’s plans include another three berths giving an eventual total of about 3.5million TEU.

We hear nonsensical and pathetic scare stories about a no deal Brexit. But, if you think in terms of substitute products, trades and partners, then there is a massive capacity and opportunity: not French lamb to London Gateway but New Zealand lamb, Australian sparkling wine rather than Champagne, Japanese automotive parts rather than German etc. etc. All of these can come into the UK at London Gateway.

There is no reason to believe that the so-called Doomsday scenario reflects anything other than a lack of imagination, the absence of a ‘can-do’ spirit and failure to think laterally. It is entirely a lack of imagination that prevents London Gateway increasing its trade – something the Government can take advantage of, especially in the event of a no deal Brexit.

We have the capacity available to our country should the ‘worst’ case scenario happen. Of course, we fear the real worst case scenario and that is being in an EU orbit and obeying every single rule they send us.

Thurrock has always been at the forefront of our country’s freedom. From Elizabeth I who declared her ‘heart of a King’ to Windrush, we have been at the heart of our country’s development. This is just the next step in our country’s greatness. I urge you and the Government to grasp this opportunity with both hands.


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