Date lodged: 17 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with (a) commercial, (b) publicly-owned and (c) trust ports regarding the possibility of the UK exiting the EU without a withdrawal agreement, and what preparations these bodies have made for this.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 5 September 2018
Ports are crucial gateways to Scotland. We recognise the existing contribution of port operators to the economy of Scotland and their significant importance in a post-Brexit context.
It is for the UK Government to provide certainty around Customs and other border requirements and ports need clarity on what the future arrangements will be to allow them sufficient time to adapt and prepare for any changes that may be required.
Scottish Ministers and officials are engaging with the industry to ensure that Scottish interests are represented in discussions being led at Westminster. We will continue to engage ports on this matter through the British Ports Association and UK Major Ports Group as well as in discussions with individual ports across all models of ownership on a one to one basis.