Port chief on EU
Uncertainty over the EU referendum is causing “strategic planning blight”, including delayed investment among businesses, a keynote debate has been told. George Jenkins, chairman of the Port of Dover, set out the importance and extent of the free-flow of trade in and out of the county, and the potential impact if the UK leaves during a speech to the Institute of Directors Kent branch at the Bridgewood Manor Hotel in Chatham. He said that £120 billion of goods came through the port in the last financial year, adding: “We have been told there is a strategic planning blight associated with the uncertainty around the referendum. We don’t know enough about what the outlook is.” Added to this, he said, was confusion over the state of the borders, should voters back Brexit on June 23.