AT LEAST THE ALBA MP’s ARE ON THE CASE.

For Immediate Release: Wednesday 12 January 2022 HANVEY SECURES MEETING WITH MINISTER TO DISCUSS DIRECT FERRY LINKS TO EUROPE SCOTTISH AND UK GOVERNMENTS MUST STEP UP SAYS MACASKILL ALBA Westminster Leader Neale Hanvey MP has today (Wednesday) secured a meeting with the Scotland Office Minister Iain Stewart MP during the Westminster Hall Debate this morning on direct ferry linksContinue reading "AT LEAST THE ALBA MP’s ARE ON THE CASE."

AT LEAST THE ALBA MP’s ARE ON THE CASE.

For Immediate Release: Wednesday 12 January 2022

HANVEY SECURES MEETING WITH MINISTER TO DISCUSS DIRECT FERRY LINKS TO EUROPE

SCOTTISH AND UK GOVERNMENTS MUST STEP UP SAYS MACASKILL

ALBA Westminster Leader Neale Hanvey MP has today (Wednesday) secured a meeting with the Scotland Office Minister Iain Stewart MP during the Westminster Hall Debate this morning on direct ferry links between Scotland and mainland Europe led by Kenny MacAskill MP.  The Minister said that he was happy to have further discussions to explore a way  forward and said of the MPs “I wish them well in pursuing this ambition” and that direct ferry links “would be of benefit to Scotland.”

In a statement Neale Hanvey MP said:

“It is a sign of progress that the Minister is willing to meet to discuss direct ferry routes from Scotland to mainland Europe following the detailed case set out by my colleague Kenny Macaskill in the debate today.  I also welcome his recognition that this would be of benefit to Scotland.

“However what is needed now is investment and it will be the purpose of this meeting to secure a commitment from the UK Government to put in place replacement funding for the EU Motorway of the seas funding which Brexit has removed and to ensure that any new funding is used to restore direct ferry links to Europe.”

Reacting to the debate which he secured Kenny MacAskill MP said:

“This has been a good debate and a constructive exchange with the Minister.  Ireland is powering ahead with direct passenger and freight ferry services to Europe while Scotland is left languishing.   Scotland can and must do better but it requires direct Scottish and UK government intervention and investment.  That is why I will continue to press for action from the UK Government and from the Scottish Government so that businesses, passengers and tourists benefit from direct ferry links to Europe and I look forward to an early meeting with the UK Minister to take matters forward.”

ENDS

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