October 13, 2020 11:36 AM

Government spends £80m on new ferry contracts to prevent no-deal medicine shortages

The Department for Transport has today awarded contracts to ferry companies totalling close to £80 million in an attempt to avoid disruption to vital medical supplies if no agreement can be found with the EU.

The contracts with Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O and Stena, collectively worth £77.6 million, will focus on nine routes serving eight ports.

Commenting on the announcement, Best for Britain CEO Naomi Smith said:

"Given the Government's last ferry contracts ended in a court battle, many will rightly question whether this is the best way to ensure vital medical supplies and other critical goods can be smoothly delivered to the UK after the transition period ends.

"Supply chains are already experiencing unprecedented levels of disruption due to COVID and a no-deal Brexit could create huge new logistical problems for medicine suppliers and those relying on them, particularly given how late these arrangements have been made.

"With time and money now in very short supply, the Government would do well to channel its energy into securing an agreement with the EU to prevent the possibility of shortages in the New Year."

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