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ABP chief calls for bold post-Brexit vision

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The CEO of ABP, the UK’s largest port operator, has urged the UK government to be “bold, ambitious and visionary” in its response to the British vote to leave the EU.

“What we must avoid is a timid response based on a perception that this is mostly about damage limitation,” James Cooper said in an address to MPs in Parliament. “The government must be bold, ambitious and visionary. It must look to the long term. It must focus on the opportunities, as well as the challenges.”

Cooper also stressed the importance of the UK’s maritime sector – 95% of the country’s trade is carried by sea – and said the sector stood ready to support the UK’s transition out of the EU.

“Brexit will bring new challenges, for sure. Investment decisions will be paused while people get their bearings and some may end up being cancelled. But Brexit will also bring new opportunities,” Cooper concluded. “I know we will respond positively.”

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