Government spends £100m on extra ferries to ease no-deal Brexit pressure

A Government department has spent more than £100 million on ferries to ease potential problems in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The Department for Transport (DfT) has signed contracts with French firm Brittany Ferries, Danish company DFDS and the UK's Seaborne to ease pressure on Dover should Britain leave without a deal.

The additional crossings are understood to be the equivalent to around 10% of the current traffic on the Dover Strait and will see ports in Poole, Portsmouth, Plymouth, Immingham and Felixstowe used.

Port of Dover
The move aims to ease pressure on Dover in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal (PA)

The BBC reported the value of the contracts is £107.7 million – £47.3 million to DFDS, £46.6 million to Brittany Ferries and £13.8 to Seaborne Freight.

A spokesman for the DfT said: "This significant extra capacity is a small but important element of the Department for Transport's no-deal Brexit planning.

"While remaining committed to working to ensure a deal is reached successfully, the department is helping ensure the rest of Government are fully prepared for a range of scenarios, including a particular focus on a potential no-deal and to mitigate the impact of any Brexit outcome on all transport modes."

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