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Brexit Minister Vows Deal Will Not Jeopardise UK Integrity On Visit to Ports

3rd November 2018
According to BBC Newsline, the media were not invited but the BBC were given this photo of the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, meeting some business leaders in the ports of Larne and in Warrenpoint (as above) where AFLOAT adds is the stern of the Irish flagged Arklow Faith. The 2,988grt cargoship was in heavy seas as featured in the recent RTE TV series 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland'. According to BBC Newsline, the media were not invited but the BBC were given this photo of the Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab, meeting some business leaders in the ports of Larne and in Warrenpoint (as above) where AFLOAT adds is the stern of the Irish flagged Arklow Faith. The 2,988grt cargoship was in heavy seas as featured in the recent RTE TV series 'Great Lighthouses of Ireland'. Photo: BBC News NI-twitter

#Ports&Shipping - The Brexit Secretary reports BBC News, has pledged that the government will not sign up to any deal which could threaten the UK's constitutional integrity.

Dominic Raab made the comments after a one-day visit to Northern Ireland, where he met with businesses in Warrenpoint and Larne, and he also met with politicians at Stormont.

Asked three times if the government had ruled out any new regulatory checks at the Irish Sea ports, he said: "We are engaged in a negotiation process". He added that he was not going to engage in a running commentary but said the UK position was "we want to preserve the internal market within the United Kingdom".

For more on the whistle-stop tour by the Minister click here.

In addition Afloat noted on BBC 1 Newsline's related coverage yesterday, Arklow Faith docked in Warrenpoint Port. The Irish flagged short-sea trader is seen in spectacular footage (video) while ploughing into heavy seas as part of the advance promotion of the recent RTE 1 series 'The Great Lighthouses of Ireland' which concluded last month.

The four part documentary series highlighted the lives and roles played by the former Lighthouse keepers and their families and Irish Lights continued critical duties in providing aids to navigation for seafarers and shipping on an all island basis. 

Shipping such as Arklow Faith which today departed Warrenpoint and was tracked by Afloat in the Irish Sea before entering St. Georges Channel this afternoon. The 89m general cargoship is bound for the UK port of Rochester, located near Chatham on the River Medway that leads off the Thames estuary. 

Published in Ports & Shipping
Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore

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Jehan Ashmore is a marine correspondent, researcher and photographer, specialising in Irish ports, shipping and the ferry sector serving the UK and directly to mainland Europe. Jehan also occasionally writes a column, 'Maritime' Dalkey for the (Dalkey Community Council Newsletter) in addition to contributing to UK marine periodicals. 

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