Brexit chal­lenges in fo­cus around Lochaber

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A JU­NIOR gov­ern­ment min­is­ter from the Depart­ment for Ex­it­ing the Euro­pean Union met with Lochaber busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives on Mon­day Fe­bru­ary 13.

Robin Walker, also the con­ser­va­tive MP for Worces­ter, was in the area as part of the en­gage­ment process ahead of Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions.

He vis­ited BSW Tim­ber Mill, the Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre at An Aird and met other busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mr Walker em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of un­der­stand­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties and chal­lenges Brexit will bring to busi­nesses. One of the big­gest con­cerns raised by busi­nesses was the fu­ture for work­ers from EU coun­tries.

Mr Walker said busi­nesses were ask­ing ques­tions about whether EU work­ers they cur­rently have will be able to stay work­ing for them and will oth­ers be able to join them in the fu­ture. An­other ma­jor topic was tourism and how this would be ef­fected when the UK ex­its the union.

He said: ‘We’ve had some very in­ter­est­ing dis­cus­sions to­day. It’s im­por­tant to take the op­por­tu­nity to find which el­e­ments work well and how busi­nesses can work bet­ter in the fu­ture. For me, too, it was a chance to see a beau­ti­ful part of the coun­try.’

Steve Ham, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre, said: ‘We are al­ways pleased to host any mem­bers of gov­ern­ment and demon­strate the im­por­tant work we do, and it was great to get a visit from Robin Walker and dis­cuss some of the chal­lenges we face as we exit the EU.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Robin Walker, left, and Steve Ham, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of The Un­der­wa­ter Cen­tre.

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