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Civil Service World writes that UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is insisting that the use of “emergency powers to procure additional no-deal Brexit ferry capacity was ‘justified’ despite the decision resulting in an agreement to pay £33m to rail operator Eurotunnel following a legal challenge.” In a closed bidding round a small number of companies were invited to bid and £100m in contracts was awarded to three firms. DfT settled with Eurotunnel out of court last month because it had not been invited to bid. “Grayling confirmed that the government will not be able to recover any of the £33m if the UK reaches a withdrawal agreement with the EU. He added that the government could seek to recover any underspend in court if Eurotunnel fails to spend the money as agreed, to improve the security, infrastructure and ‘border preparedness’ of its cross-Channel train line.” Read more here.

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