That we’re leaving the European Union does not mean that we have to entirely put reason and logic aside. The complaint today is that if we change the date of Brexit then those contingency ferry contracts might cost us more. Well, yes, obviously so. As anyone who thought for more than 5 seconds – or wasn’t a federast but I repeat myself – would conclude. The clue being in why we’ve got these contracts. We face uncertainty. And if we’re uncertain about the time when we’ll face that uncertainty then the uncertainty is greater, d’ye see?
Thus the payment for dealing with the uncertainty will rise:
Brexit delay could cost millions in extra payments to ferry firms
Estimated extra cost of £28m will be fresh blow to transport secretary Chris Grayling
Not that anyone gives a stuffed and roasted cucumber for the effects of anything upon the career of Chris Grayling. But this is hardly a surprise, is it?
Brittany Ferries was awarded a £46.6m contract and DFDS a £42.1m to ship emergency supplies – including medicine – in event of a no-deal Brexit. If the contracts are amended to provide the service at a later date, the UK would have to pay around £28m. If they are cancelled all together, both companies are owed an estimated £56.6m.
Think on how contracts work. We think we might need extra ferry capacity around March 29 2019. Hmm, OK Guv, here’s your price.
Ah, but we’re not really certain, could be April 29th, could be November 2020. Hmm, well, bit difficult Guv but here’s the prices for those alternatives.
And do note, if we’ve got to get everything ready, like in this ‘ere contract, for March 29 2019 then that’s the price for just being ready, right?
So, how else does anyone think contracts work? Anyone ever planned a wedding? You’ve got to pay for the catering whether the bride actually turns up at the church or not, right?
Of course the increased uncertainty over Brexit costs more money. That’s what we’re paying for, being able to cover the uncertainty.