Today, Stuart McMillan MSP asked the Scottish Government what engagement it has undertaken with port authorities regarding the implications of Brexit.
The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP directed the question at the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and Constitutional Relations, Michael Russell MSP, who said that he along with other Ministerial colleagues has visited a number of Scottish ports to understand their interests and concerns around leaving the EU.
As Greenock Ocean Terminal is within Mr McMillan’s constituency, he then asked Mr Russell to confirm whether the Scottish Government is working to ensure Brexit does not negatively affect the cruise ship market, which Inverclyde benefits so much from.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“Greenock Ocean Terminal is one of Scotland’s busiest ports, and boasts a booming cruise ship market having welcomed over 60 ships to Inverclyde this year, bringing around 120,000 tourists. Next year, there are already over 90 ships booked to dock in Greenock.
“It’s clear this SNP Scottish Government is doing everything within its means to protect Scotland’s interests, especially our growing tourism market. However, there is no denying that the UK Government’s rhetoric surrounding Brexit has created a hostile environment.
“Greenock Ocean Terminal is a gateway to Inverclyde and Scotland. We are open for business and everyone is welcome. That is why remaining in the single market and customs union is crucial for not only Scotland, but for Inverclyde, to thrive.”