No-ship ferry company was identified as a risk before contract win – report

The Department for Transport went ahead with a £13.8 million no-deal Brexit ferry contract despite its assessment that the firm involved was “a high-risk proposition”, a Government spending watchdog has reported.

The National Audit Office said that Seaborne Freight was unable satisfactorily to meet the criteria required in the DfT’s tender for additional cross-Channel services to ease disruption in the case of a no-deal withdrawal from the EU.

But Chris Grayling’s department decided to proceed with the contract to run services between Ramsgate and Ostend after putting additional protections…
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