ECSA calls for Brexit deal as “a priority”

Following the mandate given by the House of Commons to UK prime minister Theresa May on Tuesday night to renegotiate the terms of the UK’s exit from the EU, and the EU’s rejection yesterday of any proposal to change the Irish backstop, describing it as an integral part of the withdrawal agreement, the European Community Shipowners’ Associations (ECSA) has called upon all parties to seize this opportunity to avoid a no-deal Brexit scenario.

It said that, if there were no deal, the repercussions on the fluidity of trade between the EU and UK would be huge, to the detriment of ship owners, logistics partners, passengers and consumers.

Martin Dorsman, Secretary-General of ECSA, said that “we call upon EU and UK authorities to be constructive and do their utmost to ensure the Withdrawal Agreement can be agreed to by all sides. If not, there will only be losers”.

ECSA added that, if the Withdrawal Agreement were voted through, the implementation period would give the UK and EU time to prepare and there would be the needed certainty for shipping operators to prepare so that frictionless trade would remain the case.