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Post Brexit, Heathrow airport's expansion considered top priority for UK economy

Updated: Jul 29, 2016 15:38 IST

London, July 29 (ANI): Lawmakers in Britain believe that a third runway at the Heathrow airport is the major infrastructure project that will benefit the U.K.'s economy post Brexit.

In a recent poll of 102 Members of the Parliament (MPs), the first post Brexit', commissioned by Heathrow authorities, around 55 percent MPs ranked expansion of the West London hub as the first priority compared with just 14 percent, who chose a second runway at Gatwick, reports The Nation.

Also, around 76 percent MPs believe that building a third runway at Heathrow is an "important factor in Britain's future ability to stay connected to the world" following the UK's exit from the EU.

Heathrow chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: "An expanded Heathrow is fundamental to Britain's future as an outward-looking trading nation. A third runway at Heathrow will open up 40 new markets for Britain's exporters, spur inbound tourism to every corner of our country and create up to 180,000 new skilled jobs."

He added that by expanding Heathrow, the Prime Minister will make the right choice for a stronger British economy.

David Cameron was expected to confirm whether expansion project at Heathrow or Gatwick would be supported shortly after the referendum. But his resignation following the victory for the 'Leave' campaign means the decision will now be taken by his successor, Prime Minister Theresa May. (ANI)