News: Maritime UK responds to Queen's Speech
Reacting to the Queen’s Speech, Chair of Maritime UK Harry Theochari said:
“This Queen’s Speech contains many
ambitious proposals and commitments that can make a major contribution to
tackling the big challenges of our time: climate change, regional inequality
and a lack of infrastructure investment. With the majority that the Government
now has, we must see quick and decisive action on all fronts.
“Coastal towns score badly on many of
the deprivation indicators and understandably feel left-behind. Many of these
towns and communities have helped give Boris Johnson his majority. He now has
an opportunity to repay their support by delivering investment in connectivity
and infrastructure, making these communities the heart of a new green
industrial revolution, boosting shipbuilding in yards around the coast and
creating the high-quality, well-paid jobs of the future.
“2019 has shown the very real threat
our seafarers face for simply doing their jobs. So, we’re pleased to hear that
the government will increase support for the armed forces, and clearly that
will include the Royal Navy. Protecting merchant shipping and upholding the
global rules-based order is vitally important to our sector, the trade we
facilitate and the country as a whole.
“We’re excited to work with government
on new global trade opportunities and to secure a strong future relationship
with the European Union – including on services, in which the UK is a true
global leader. Getting this right is critical to our sector; responsible for enabling 95% of Britain's global trade, supporting 1.1m
jobs and contributing £46.1bn to the economy, more than air and rail combined."