UK shipping minister warns on Brexit

As Britain heads to the polls today in arguably the most important vote the nation has faced in a generation – whether or not to stay in the European Union – the country’s shipping minister has weighed into the issue in an exclusive interview with Splash.

“Anything that adversely affects our trade will also, as day follows night, also affect our ports and shipping industry,” minister of transport Robert Goodwill told Splash as polling started.

Goodwill had earlier posted an article where he told British voters today’s referendum was “the most important political decision you will ever be asked to make”.

“A Brexit vote would lead to huge amounts of uncertainty, and it would have an impact on investment and trade – and, ultimately, your job, the prices you pay and your family’s finances,” Goodwill commented.

“Britain is stronger, safer and better off in Europe and that leaving is fraught with risk,” he concluded.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that 77% of respondents to a shipping survey carried out by accounting firm Moore Stephens believe the UK should remain in the EU.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.


  1. The minister is so right on Leave but i regret the British Shipping Industry was
    damaged decades ago by S E Asia /China Shipbuilders/Lorries/the Channel Tunnel and even reflagging to Hong kong. O Well nice to know we still have a Shipping Minister

    David Price

    1. Well, really he’s the transport minister. When I called his office, the press officer assumed my enquiry was aviation-related, so I take it maritime remains the more niche aspect of his job!

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