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Port of Britain needs to be part of Europe, says PM

[ March 15, 2016   //   ]

Prime Minister David Cameron paid his second visit to Felixstowe in a little over 12 months today (15 March).

He visited the port to speak to a group of employees, port customers and local councillors about the benefits of the UK’s membership of the European Union.

Accompanied by Hutchison Ports (UK) chief executive, Clemence Cheng, the Prime Minister visited the recently opened extension to the port’s Berth 9 before delivering a speech at one of the port’s engineering workshops.

Speaking about the importance of the forthcoming EU referendum, David Cameron said: “I can’t think of anywhere better to talk about this issue of whether we should stay in a reformed European Union or whether we should leave. We are a trading nation and we feel this more than ever here at the Port of Felixstowe, the biggest container port in our country.

“I’m absolutely convinced the right decision for Britain is to stay in a reformed European Union.”

Clemence Cheng pointed out that 26% of exports from Felixstowe go to other EU countries and during his speech Mr Cameron acknowledged that good trading relations are important with all countries to help the UK economy continue to thrive.