UK's opposition Labour chides government over Brexit ferry contract

Reuters | January 07, 2019

Britain’s opposition Labour Party criticized the government on Monday for awarding a 14 million pound ($18 million) contract to a ferry company with no ships to provide backup freight cover in case the country exits the European Union without a deal. Labour’s transport spokesman, Andy McDonald, said the transport ministry had failed to carry out proper checks on the company, Seaborne Freight, contrary to what it had asserted.

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Symplicity joins the UK Government's G-Cloud framework for its 13th iteration

Symplicity | November 21, 2022

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Avantus Federal | November 24, 2022

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