Transport secretary questioned about payout to Eurotunnel

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The transport secretary said he won’t be resigning, as he defended the government’s £33m payout to Eurotunnel.

Chris Grayling said the decision on Eurotunnel was made “collectively” by cabinet, as it had to be “ready for all eventualities”.

He said: “However regrettable the Eurotunnel court action was, we had to take a decision to protect the interests of the country in the circumstances of a no deal Brexit. And that’s the right thing to do.”

Eurotunnel, which operates railway services between the UK and France, says the contracts were handed out in a “secretive” way, and it was not given the chance to compete.



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