‘More to come’ says Irish politician as Wales is bypassed with Irish-French sea routes
A prominent Irish politician has said there is “more to come” amid Wales being increasingly bypassed by Irish-French sea connections.
In a post on his social media, Neale Richmond, a Teachta Dala and spokesperson on European Affairs for the Fine Gael party, posted a picture showing ferry routes from Ireland to the continent which are bypassing the UK.
Richmond said: “Powerful visual from Ireland’s development office of the ever-growing state of direct shipping to our largest market, continental Europe, post-Brexit. More to come…”
Irish-French sea connections reached 44 in October with a new terminal in the ferry port of Dunkirk. It is part of a post Brexit move to avoid the UK land bridge through Holyhead. Ireland-France sea routes have risen from 12 before the UK left the European Union to 44 now.
The UK land bridge through Holyhead is now associated with delays and customs formalities and the importance of Dunkirk has become the latest outworking of Brexit and reflects the growing need for direct sea routes from Ireland to the continent.
— Neale Richmond (@nealerichmond) November 22, 2021
‘Diversion of trade’
The Irish Foreign Minister, Simon Coveney has previously said that diversion of trade from Ireland away from Wales is a “consequence of Brexit”.
He told PA news agency: “It was primarily focused on looking to the future and not allowing the frustrations of Brexit, or the barriers that Brexit create, to undermine the core relationship across the Irish Sea between Wales and Ireland.”
One the diversion of trade away from Wales, he said: “This is unfortunately part of the disruption of Brexit. I don’t think that there’s anyone in Wales that is blaming Ireland for that. But I think many are certainly questioning the consequences of Brexit.”
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