11 February 2019
Andrew Bridgen backs Government decision to cancel contract with Seaborne Freight

Following the Government statement on the cancellation of the contract with Seaborne Freight as part of the no-deal Brexit contingency planning, Andrew Bridgen backs the decision to end the contract as the facts have changed.

Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire) (Con)

“When the facts change, I change my mind” is a quote widely attributed to John Maynard Keynes, someone normally highly supported on the Opposition Benches. Will my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State confirm that the facts have changed and it is only prudent that Government policy changes to reflect the new reality?

Chris Grayling

Absolutely. We set out a plan, and I was clear that we did not expose the taxpayer to risk. The events of last week happened, so we changed our mind. My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The best thing for the Government to do is to pursue the right policy at the right time.