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Cancelled ferry contracts were part of a £4bn no-deal Brexit "insurance policy" the government put in place, says Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

'Ministerial incompetence'


Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald has responded to that news that Brexit ferry contracts have been cancelled.

“Chris Grayling and the ferry contracts will evermore be a case study in ministerial incompetence.

“The Transport Secretary’s approach to procurement and planning has cost taxpayers tens, if not, hundreds of millions of pounds. His career as a minister has left a trail of scorched earth and billions of pounds of public money wasted.

“This country cannot afford Chris Grayling.”

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Grayling: might need more Brexit ferries

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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.”