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And as the phoney Brexit war draws to a close, the really crazy stuff can begin. Those harking back to the brilliance of wartime Britain may be overjoyed to read that the UK government is looking at contingencies to own and operate is own fleet of ro-ro vessels to ensure vital supplies reach these shores. According to ITV, transport minister Chris Grayling told a “shocked” Cabinet of its plans, which focus on securing medical supplies should the French opt to reintroduce customs checks in the event of no deal. One minister reportedly said, “It’s the kind of stuff governments do in time of war… it’s as serious as that”. The proposed scheme, known as Government Owned or Operated Logistics (Gool), is under examination, with three options on the table: buying vessels, leasing vessels and converting existing military vessels.

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