Craig welcomes an additional £136,362 of funding for Ramsgate Port

Craig Mackinlay MP has today welcomed the news that Ramsgate’s Port is set to receive an additional £136,362 in Brexit planning funding.

Expected to be confirmed by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government later today, the news comes just days after the termination of a contingent £13.8m contract with Seaborne Freight to provide a ferry service between Ramsgate Port and Ostend in Belgium.

Craig Mackinlay MP commented:

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“We’ll have to await full details of this new funding in the next 24 hours, but my understanding is that extra funding is being specifically targeted at areas, like Ramsgate Port, that will potentially have to deal with border management issues.

“I’ve always considered the likelihood of delay at the Dover-Calais crossing to be remote no matter what the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, but Thanet will do what’s in the national interest to assist with Brexit preparedness and we are proud to do so.

“That said, it wouldn’t be right to expect Thanet taxpayers to pay for it, so this money will be very welcome.”