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A Free Port in London

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 17th October 2019.

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Photo of Florence Eshalomi Florence Eshalomi Labour

Would you support an application by the Port of London to become a free port (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/trade-secretary-announces-freeports-advisory-panel-will-ensure-uk-is-ready-to-trade-post-brexit?gator_td=3aFAGAptT%2bXpkvFXgqijaGQusbEnk8m1xkTvKk9%2b792ofUJ6l4Yacsw6uEA%2frHERrNNdorQjogHpOEe9PVwfQEpD52g24LFSXSnVwmob559ci6sfoSwm4WVV%2fv0XQYBQCmIeag2o0IjzTDHXLTWXVLuT9VDZCd3zZAPwQNRY73DHvXb%2fl35%2bxZzhvOdK9oIX)? Please give your reasons.

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

No amount of UK ‘free ports’ will be an adequate substitute for the existing benefits of the current customs union and single market obtained through EU membership. The best way to ensure trade is successful in London and the United Kingdom is to maintain access to the single market.

I will continue to work closely with the Port of London Authority, its partners and the wider south-east to ensure that any future plans align with my vision to deliver good growth for London that is economically and socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable.

Any future plans for a free port would be closely scrutinised to assess any impacts on jobs, business, transport, air quality and the environment in London.