Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has called on transport secretary Chris Grayling to resign following today’s (Friday 1 March) revelation that the government has had to pay £33 million to Eurotunnel after excluding the company from its ‘no deal’ Brexit planning.

Brexit fiasco

The decision to exclude Eurotunnel has left workers at the company, which provides the fastest and only permanent connection to the continent and which moves millions of tonnes of freight every year, fearing for their jobs

Unite’s 350 strong membership at Eurotunnel, are worried that the government’s awarding of contracts to ferry companies will be used to entice customers away from Eurotunnel.

Failing Grayling

Unite national officer for the rail industry Harish Patel said: “The only person who still has confidence in Chris Grayling appears to be prime minister Theresa May.

“His Brexit planning has been nothing short of disastrous and yet again he is costing the taxpayer millions because of his disastrous policies.

“Our members still haven’t had a sensible answer as to why Eurotunnel was excluded from Grayling’s Brexit planning. The feeling is that he simply forgot it was there.

“The only way to restore confidence in the Brexit transport planning process is for Grayling to put out of his misery by resigning or being sacked.”


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Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org