Post-Brexit, Ireland has become almost completely free of its former dependency on congested and expensive land routes, through England from Liverpool to the channel ferries at Calais.
Thomas Byrne, Ireland’s Minister for European Affairs, told RTÉ News a year ago:
“The whole port, the [Nord Pas de Calais] region, the [Dunkirk] chamber of commerce, is behind this, to get even more connections to Ireland. We only had 12 direct routes to France before Brexit, now it’s 44. We are looking as well next summer towards tourism to get Irish tourists into this region, but also of course, tourists from Northern France, Belgium, Holland and Germany. They have more direct routes into Ireland too.”https://trans.info/en/yet-more-growth-in-shipping-routes-between-ireland-and-european-mainland-258036
Why might we need more ferry routes to Europe?
Only Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland and the North East of England were net exporters of goods.https://www.ons.gov.uk/businessindustryandtrade/internationaltrade/bulletins/internationaltradeinuknationsregionsandcities/2020
How many ferry routes do we have to export those goods?
None as yet.
Are the Scottish MSM interested?
There’s been an announcement of one but not even BBC Scotland Business have it. Just the DR today:
A new ferry link between Scotland and mainland Europe is set to launch in spring 2023, and while it will initially be for freight only, passenger transportation could soon followhttps://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotland-now/new-ferry-route-between-scotland-28436043
Are Scotland’s MSM interested in other types of ferry fiasco story?
There are more, endlessly more.