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Portsmouth MP keeps pressure on Government following delay to AQUIND interconnector decision

By 1 February 2024No Comments

Stephen Morgan MP has continued to press the Government to make a decision on the disastrous AQUIND Interconnector Project following the news that the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero has further delayed her decision on whether project should go ahead.

It comes as the Ministry of Defence made a last-minute unprecedented intervention requesting additional time from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, so that it can prepare substantive representations on concerns regarding the proposed AQUIND project.

Mr Morgan has long raised the risk to national security posed by the AQUIND project, tirelessly campaigning against the project which would cause untold disruption and pose a threat to Portsmouth’s environment and local economy.

The City MP has now pressed the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, as well as the Ministry of Defence, to reveal what discussions they have held concerning the potential national security risks of the AQUIND interconnector project, including with their French counterparts.

Mr Morgan has also tabled a series of written parliamentary questions to the Ministry of Defence seeking information on how much additional time they estimate will be required, attempting to bring an end the continued uncertainty facing Portsmouth people.

It follows a series of actions by the Portsmouth MP supporting the STOP AQUIND campaign, most recently in the House of Commons when he grilled Ministers on when the Government will finally put an end to the uncertainty and decide to stop the disastrous AQUIND interconnector project.

Commenting on the delayed decision, Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, said:  

”While I welcome the intervention by the Ministry of Defence in recognising the security concerns posed by the AQUIND interconnector project, this is long overdue and now leaves Portsmouth people lumped once again with further delay and uncertainty on whether this disastrous project will go ahead.

“That’s why I have sought urgent answers from the Ministry of Defence and Department on just how much longer Portsmouth people will be left without clarity.

“The Government came to the correct decision almost two years ago. The facts have not changed and our concerns have only grown. I will continue doing all I can to call on Ministers to deliver the right decision, as soon as possible.”