The British government has granted mega contracts to three shipping companies as it seeks to cope with chaotic circumstances that could arise of a disorderly exit from the European Union next year.
The Department for Transport (DfT) said in a Saturday statement that the contracts, worth of around £100 million, will be aimed at chartering extra sea ferries to ease cross-Channel congestion if the government fails to secure the Brexit deal it has signed with the EU.
“While remaining committed to working to ensure a deal is reached, the department is helping ensure the rest of government are fully prepared for a range of scenarios,” read the statement, adding, “This extra capacity is a small but important element of the DfT’s no-deal planning.”
Many believe Prime Minister Theresa May has a little chance of going through the British parliament with her Brexit deal in mid-January. May has repeatedly indicated that if the House of Commons…