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Belgian port has Brexit Britain in its sights

The Port of Antwerp saw trade with the UK drop 5 percent in 2017, and the European Sea Organisation said in March that Brexit risks "turning ports into bottlenecks."

Photo: Port of Antwerp/PR

At Antwerp's sprawling port, the ripples from Brexit are already apparent.

The Belgian port saw trade with the UK drop 5 percent in 2017, the first decline in five years. Against that backdrop, Antwerp – described by Napoleon as a "pistol pointed at the heart of England" – is seeking a representative in the UK's industrial heartlands.

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