‘Global north’ call after Brexit vote

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THE PORT of Hull is one of four ports to agree a new deal to work together to help the North economy as a leading thinktank calls for a “global north” in the wake of the decision to leave the EU.

The agreement between the Hull, Teesport, Liverpool and Tyne ports will see them join forces to create jobs in and around ports and invest in logistics in the North.

It was drawn up by the IPPR North thinktank which is calling for the creation of an east-west freight “supercorridor” to connect Atlantic shipping to the European mainland.

IPPR North director Ed Cox said: “Britain was a trading nation long before the European Union was ever thought of, and that fact will not change despite the Brexit vote.

“We need a global North now like never before, so it is fantastic to see the North’s port operators coming together to work so closely.

“The nature of any new European trade agreement will be vital, but the measures set out in our new Northern Ports Strategy provide a framework upon which any new deal must be based.”