Pictured: David Dingle, Chairman Maritime UK
Industry body Maritime UK says has called on both the Government and the EU to work together on Brexit, adding: “The time for political games is over.”
Responding to the Brexit White Paper, Maritime UK chairman David Dingle said the maritime sector now welcomed the “clarity” that was now emerging from the UK Government.
However, he added that further clarity was needed in areas such as EU VAT and services.
Mr Dingle said: “Our greatest concern in leaving the EU has been disruption to the flow of trade at ports. This white paper, if realised, would preserve frictionless trade at our borders.
“Industry on both sides of the channel has been calling for frictionless trade, and shared rules would remove many of the barriers to achieving frictionless trade.
“Shared rules will also support the export of the UK’s marine equipment. We equally welcome the ambition to achieve mutual recognition of professional qualifications, including certificates of competency), free movement of staff to ensure our companies have access to the best talent, and continued participation in European initiatives such as the European Maritime Safety Agency.
“This is, clearly, however, a negotiation. So whilst we welcome this renewed pragmatism from the UK government, we call on the European Union to urgently realise their mutual interest and make these proposals work.
“We need to be able to continue serving customers in the EU. The UK is the world’s premier centre for maritime services, and we’ve long called for mutual recognition as part of the UK’s future relationship.”