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Brexit Minister says no-deal disruption at Holyhead Port 'can be avoided'

Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Calls for the Prime Minister to remove the threat of a no-deal Brexit have been repeated by the Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles, following a visit to Holyhead Port.

He met with the Port's manager, Captain Wyn Parry, who set out some of his concerns about operations in Holyhead if the UK crashes out of the EU without a deal.

80%
of goods between Republic of Ireland and Wales pass through Welsh Ports.

Welsh ports are the gateway between Ireland and the rest of Europe, with 80% of goods carried in Irish-registered HGVs between the Republic of Ireland and Europe passing through Welsh ports.

Holyhead is the second busiest roll-on roll-off ferry port in the UK - providing the link in the supply chain for businesses across Wales, the UK and Ireland.

Jeremy Miles visited Holyhead Port. Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Jeremy Miles says likely disruption at the Holyhead Port can be avoided:

Ports in Wales make a critical contribution to our economy, not least by providing jobs and added value to local communities. Any risk to their operation poses a substantial risk to Wales as a whole. Our ferry ports are particularly vulnerable to the shocks that could arise following a no deal Brexit.

It's clear Holyhead would find it difficult to absorb the effects of any delays caused by additional checks. We are working on solutions to manage traffic disruption from delays at the port and potential sites on Anglesey have been identified and assessed to deal with any overflow on the road network, should delayed traffic not be contained within the confines of the port.

All this could be avoided if the Prime Minister listened to and acted on our calls and removes no deal as an option.

– Jeremy Miles