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The Transport Secretary has again faced cross-party calls for him to resign over his handling of ferry contracts intended to provide extra cross-channel capacity in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Chris Grayling has cancelled the contracts at a cost of more than £43 million. But he robustly defended the move when challenged in the Commons, as Simon Jones reports. And you can hear more from Today in Parliament at 11.30pm on BBC Radio 4 or on the BBC Sounds app.
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has not ruled out that the government might need to negotiate another set of ferry contracts if a no deal Brexit situation arises in the autumn.
Speaking to the BBC, Mr Grayling defended the current contracts, which are now being cancelled.
He said it was a small part the government’s “insurance package that the government put in place in case of a no deal”.
“People would expect a responsible govt to take out an insurance policy. We never wanted it but needed to be ready for it.”
But asked if the government might need to negotiate new contracts in October if a no deal Brexit situation was looking like an outcome, he said the government would need to “collectively” decide “what preparations will we need to put in place if find ourselves back in no deal situation, I hope we won’t be in that situation.”