Anglian Water is putting plans in place for if the UK exits the EU without a deal.

Writing for Utility Week, chief executive Peter Simpson said the company supports the government’s proposed EU deal as being the “most pragmatic way forward”.

However, he added, Anglian will “continue to work closely with Defra and other companies through Water UK on contingency plans in the event of a no deal scenario”.

“We must continue to deliver for our customers despite challenges like extreme weather and Brexit,” he wrote.

Simpson also said he expects a high level of focus on the water industry to continue in 2019, “especially with Labour’s focus on taking the sector back into public ownership”.

“Importantly this year, we need to move on from talking about the undoubted benefits delivered since privatisation to continuing to tackle the issues that matter most to our customers in the 21st century; like driving down leakage and protecting the environment,” he added.

Environment secretary Michael Gove visited leakage leaders Anglian in September last year. He visited the company’s sites in Gazeley and Newmarket in Suffolk, where he learnt about the company’s “sector-leading approach” to leakage.

In his latest column, Simpson said: “As CEOs we know the wider social, environment and economic role played by our companies and we remain committed to finding even better ways of demonstrating and communicating this to our customers and beyond.”

Read Peter Simpson’s column in full here