On Monday, the Prime Minister visited the port of Tilbury where the new British port, Tilbury2, opened its doors. The new port is part of the Thames Freeport project, which is expected to create around 21,000 jobs and boost the local economy by £2.5bn.
After Mr Johnson’s visit, former MEP David C Bannerman hailed Freeports.
Mr Bannerman tweeted: “Freeports are made possible by Brexit and allow the UK to be competitive by removing duties, costs and barriers to goods being brought into the UK, processed and then re-exported.
“The new jobs created are not able to compete without it.”
Freeports in the UK are a series of government-assigned special economic zones where customs rules such as taxes do not apply until goods leave the specified area.
The purpose of freeports is to encourage economic activity in the surrounding region and increase manufacturing.
Two years ago today (January 31), Britain officially signed into law the biggest constitutional change in living memory after becoming the first EU member state to leave the bloc.
Over the next two years, the UK’s departure from the EU single market and customs union led to significant disruption to trade, particularly UK exports to the EU.
An exodus of European workers due to the pandemic and stricter immigration rules have contributed to a shortage of workers.
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Since Britain voted to leave the EU there have been significant issues with Northern Ireland’s fishing rights and protocol.
Sharing the UK’s only land border with an EU country, and with a delicate socio-political balance, getting it right was crucial.
Commentators argue the issue has a major impact on Theresa May’s demise as prime minister.
Mr Johnson has also faced intense criticism over the issue.
The protocol keeps Northern Ireland in the EU’s single goods market and EU customs rules are enforced at its ports, a diversion from the rest of the UK.
The prime minister also received another bombshell last year after Brexit minister Lord Frost resigned after months of talks with EU vice-president Maros Sefcovic.
Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has taken on key responsibilities in the Brexit negotiations.