THE leader of Anglesey council has called on the UK Government to take action to protect the future of Holyhead Port.

Cllr Llinos Medi raised concerns that freight transport to Wales has "dropped significantly" following Brexit and is putting the local economy at risk.

She backed a letter sent by Wales' economy and transport minister Ken Skates to the UK Government urging action to resolve the "disproportionate impact" of Brexit on Welsh ports.

Cllr Medi said: “Freight levels between Wales and Republic of Ireland have dropped significantly, and this is having a really negative impact on Holyhead. Hauliers are clearly avoiding the land bridge which is so vital to the port of Holyhead, and crossings to Dublin are down since the EU Exit became a reality.”

“I welcome and support yesterday’s letter from the Minister, Ken Skates, to the UK Government. Our priority has always been the safe and efficient trade and traffic movement through the Port of Holyhead, whilst protecting our local communities.”

“We will continue to work in partnership with Welsh Government to protect Holyhead’s position as one of the main international gateway. It is evident that a collective public sector effort with effective interventions is required to protect all Welsh ports as well as the local communities and jobs they help sustain.”

Anglesey Council said it will continue its regular dialogue with Welsh Government, port authority and other key partners to assess any further developments relating to the port of Holyhead.