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LONDON: September 20, 2019. The UK Brexit government says eight transport companies can bid on contracts to support its import of medicines for the National Health Service after Britain leaves the European Union on October 31.

The operators are Air Charter Services, Brittany Ferries, DFDS, Irish Ferries, P&O Ferries Division Holdings, Seatruck Ferries, The Channel Tunnel Group (Eurotunnel) and Stena Line.

seatruck 2Boris Johnson’s government says it will offer shipping contracts via ports and terminals other than Dover, Folkestone, Barking, Calais, Coquelles (Calais), Dunkirk and Boulogne-sur-Mer, to avoid expected delays due to it leaving the EU without a trade agreement.

UK Transport secretary Grant Shapps said he blamed “the risk and impact of disruption at these ports and terminals” on the “lack of trader readiness”.

“By having the firms signed up to the framework the government has guaranteed a much faster and more efficient procurement process for the next four years, while procuring the framework has not yet committed the government to spending any taxpayers’ money,” he claimed.

In March 2015 Shapps admitted to having had a second job while an MP and operating a business under the pseudonym Michael Green. Acknowledging his behaviour at the time, he said he had "over-firmly denied” [lied] having a second job.

Schapps political career includes minister for Housing & Local Government, Conservative Party chairman and minister for International Development.  Johnson appointed him minister for Transport.

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