MP questions if Brexit will put offshore industry at risk
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Lowestoft's MP has sought assurances that the UK's position as a 'world leader' in offshore renewables is not put at risk by a Brexit.
Peter Aldous questioned business secretary Sajid Javid in the House of Commons today.
In the parliamentary session he said: 'The UK's position as the world leader in offshore renewables is underpinned by industry and academics from across the European Union working together on innovation projects, and by funding from the European Investment Bank and other European or collaborative research and development funds. Can the Secretary of State give me an assurance that our No.1 position will not be put at risk by Brexit?
Mr Javid responded saying: 'The UK is the world's largest offshore wind market today, and it will still be the largest by the end of the decade, with 10 GW expected to be installed. Despite the decision to leave the European Union, I am confident that we can still co-operate on science and research, as many countries outside the European Union do with their EU counterparts. I believe that that will ensure that this sector remains very strong.'