Ferry firms win UK Government contracts for freight after EU exit

Brexit ferries nearly sunk then-transport secretary Chris Grayling after he gave the £14 million deal to a firm with no boats.

The 2019 scandal saw Seaborne Freight awarded the contract to run post-Brexit freight services, despite having no ships or trading history.

Now four ferry companies have been handed government contracts worth a total of £77.6 million to provide post-Brexit freight capacity.

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced it has signed agreements with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O Ferries and Stena Line. This, it says, will ensure that vital medical supplies and other critical goods "continue to be smoothly delivered into the UK whatever the outcome of negotiations with the EU".

The contracts will be in place for up to six months after the Brexit transition period ends on December 31.

Grant Shapps, Grayling's successor, said: "As the transition period comes to an end, we are putting the necessary measures in place to safeguard the smooth and successful flow of freight.

"Securing these contracts ensures that irrespective of the outcome of the negotiations, life-saving medical supplies and other critical goods can continue to enter the UK from the moment we leave the EU."

Source: The National