Sunday, 10 February 2019 16:17

TRANSPORT SECRETARY SHOULD FACE MUSIC OVER FERRY BUNGLE

Beleaguered Transport Secretary Chris Grayling - who was Theresa May's leadership campaign manager - should face the music for the Seaborne Ferries debacle according to the SNP, after the £14 million no-deal Brexit shipping contract was axed.
 

The SNP’s Joanna Cherry QC MP has led the charge over this issue – having repeatedly queried the legality of the tendering process over the last month and demanded that the UK government publish the relevant legal advice. Potential legal action against the UK government is thought to have contributed to the termination of the contract this weekend after it was reported that Eurotunnel had threatened to sue for anti-competitive practices.
 
A timeline [attached] reveals the SNP’s consistent pressure on this issue, which has now led to the contract being scrapped – causing utter embarrassment for the UK government.
 
Commenting, Joanna Cherry QC MP said:
 
“This has been a remarkable episode from start to finish – a shambolic debacle that completely defies satire.
 
“The Transport Secretary should face the music for presiding over this affair.
 
“For over a month now I’ve queried the legal basis of this contract and UK government ministers have dodged my questions. Now that the contract has been terminated it’s pretty clear my concerns were well founded.
 
“This fiasco has become the ultimate metaphor for Brexit – a complete farce, a government deluding itself and the public and, ultimately, an ill-fated disaster.
 
“The government should reflect very seriously on how badly they got this wrong. The Transport Secretary should think long and hard about how he can continue to justify his position, and people deserve an apology.”

 
Timeline attached of Joanna Cherry’s sustained campaigning over Seaborne Ferries

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