UK’s Corbyn – Chides May over scrapped Brexit Ferry Contract


Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn criticised Prime Minister Theresa May over the government’s scrapping of a ferry contract.

The government terminated a contract last week with Seaborne Freight to provide extra ferries in the event of a no-deal Brexit that would see Britain leave the European Union on March 29 without a transition period to minimize economic disruption.

The decision to award the 14 million pound ($18.1 million) contract in December to Seaborne Freight, which did not have any ships, has been heavily criticised by opposition politicians and others.

A Department for Transport spokeswoman said on Saturday (January 9) the contract was terminated after Seaborne Freight’s backer, Irish firm Arklow Shipping, decided to step back from the deal.

May told parliament the government had not changed its position that it does not want to delay Britain’s March 29 exit from the European Union.