Prime Minister’s deal means Freeport for Heysham

The Prime Minister’s Brexit deal means that the port in Heysham could be upgraded to a Freeport when we leave the European Union.

Speaking during Northern Ireland Questions in the Commons on the 30th October David Morris MP said:

Heysham in my constituency is the nearest mainland UK port to Northern Ireland. Does the Minister agree that my area could be a boomtown if we had a free port, as 10% of the north-west’s GDP comes in through our port, and it will be 20% once this withdrawal agreement has been finalised?

Minister for Northern Ireland Nick Hurd MP said:

I congratulate my hon. Friend on his creativity in introducing that point, which I am sure will have been heard by the relevant Secretary of State. He raises an important point about the opportunity and need to talk up the UK economy and to talk up the opportunities to increase business and trade links across the UK internal market once we leave the EU.

Speaking After the debate David Morris MP said:

I have spoken to both the Secretary of State for Business and the Secretary of State for International Trade about this proposal so that discussions should be able to advance quickly on this project should the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal gain approval in Parliament.