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13 Feb 2019

May challenged on Seaborne no-deal contract

Business Editor

The Prime Minister has once again backed the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling as he faced further criticism in parliament over the awarding of a contract to provide ferries in the event of a no-deal Brexit to a company with no ships. Theresa May insisted that due diligence was carried out before start-up company Seaborne Freight was given a – now rescinded – contract. But this afternoon MPs grilled a senior Department of Transport civil servant about how rigorous the checks into Seaborne’s main investor really were.