Following on from Ynys Môn MP Albert Owen’s call on the Prime Minister to give assurances that free movement between Ireland and the Welsh ports, including Holyhead, continues post Brexit, Welsh Secretary of State Alun Cairns yesterday paid a visit to Holyhead Port to accompany Mr Owen on a fact finding mission.
The Secretary of State gave reassurances to Mr Owen and Stena Line that he would do all he can to ensure the port was not affected negatively post-Brexit.
During the visit Mr Owen also pressed home the huge potential for Holyhead Port in terms of future development opportunities including offshore energy, a new cruise ship berth and increased freight and cargo traffic.
Mr Owen said,
“There are exciting times ahead for the port of Holyhead, but we must safeguard against a potential hard Brexit and any barriers that may negatively affect the free movement of goods and people. There is no conflict between robust immigration controls and free movement in my opinion and I was pleased to hear the constructive tone taken by the Secretary of State during his visit.”
“I was also pleased the Secretary of State was able to learn about the future potential of the port and indeed he also visited the offices of Holyhead Shipping & Logistics Ltd who are already helping to capitalise on the massive potential for Holyhead and are working with a number of offshore wind operators and shipping companies to encourage more traffic to use Holyhead’s excellent deep water facilities.”