The Island’s MP has headed for a meeting in London this afternoon (Tuesday), to raise with Maritime Minister John Hayes MP a threat to the prosperity of UK ports by the European Port Services Regulation (EPSR).
The meeting comes as the European Commission is hoping to push the regulation through without proper scrutiny in Parliament. The proposals would damage investment and threaten jobs by introducing unnecessary bureaucracy and red-tape to a well-functioning part of the UK economy, according to Mr Turner.
At the Conservative Party Conference last week, Andrew Turner took to the stage and joined a group of sea shanty singers as part of a rally against the undemocratic imposition of the regulation.
Mr Turner said :
“This is yet another example of why we need the repatriation of powers from Brussels. The way in which this matter has been handled under the Italian presidency is a disgrace. I have been working with a small group of MPs to bring this shambles to the attention of Ministers; to convince them that it still not too late, and this measure should be scrapped completely. If this fails it is the end of the line, but the fight switches to the European Parliament where this measure has been twice defeated before.
“This will affect the Island if it goes through, by damaging the prosperity of nearby ports including Southampton and Portsmouth. We are determined to do everything we can to prevent that.”