Port chief on EU

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - School Part Of Peake Experiment -

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.

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