The Rt Hon David Cameron MP has paid his second visit to the Port of Felixstowe in a little over 12 months.
He visited the port today (15 March 2016) to speak to a group of employees, port customers and local councillors about the benefits of the UK’s membership of the European Union.
Accompanied by Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited and Managing Director of HPH Europe division, the Prime Minister visited the recently opened extension to the port’s Berth 9 before delivering a speech at one of the port’s engineering workshops.
Speaking about the importance of the forthcoming EU referendum, David Cameron said:
“I can’t think of anywhere better to talk about this issue of whether we should stay in a reformed European Union or whether we should leave.
“We are a trading nation and we feel this more than ever here at the Port of Felixstowe, the biggest container port in our country.
“I’m absolutely convinced the right decision for Britain is to stay in a reformed European Union.”
Clemence Cheng said:
“We were honoured last year when the Prime Minister chose the Port of Felixstowe to launch the Government’s economic plan for the East of England and we are very pleased that he has visited us again, this time to speak about the importance of our continued membership of the European Union. 26% of exports from Felixstowe go to other European Union countries and during his speech Mr Cameron acknowledged that good trading relations are important with all countries to help the UK economy continue to thrive.”
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Port of Felixstowe (PFL) is strategically located on the UK’s southeast coast and within easy reach of major ports in northwest Europe. As Britain’s busiest container port and one of the largest in Europe, over 40 percent of the UK’s containerised trade passes through the Port.
PFL is a member of Hutchison Port Holdings Limited (HPH), the port and related services division of CK Hutchison Holdings Limited (CK Hutchison). HPH is the world’s leading port investor, developer and operator with a network of port operations comprising 269 berths in 48 ports, spanning 25 countries throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Australasia. Over the years, HPH has expanded into other logistics and transportation-related businesses, including cruise ship terminals, airport operations, distribution centres, rail services and ship repair facilities.??