Jim Pickard+ Your Authors @PickardJE Chief Political Correspondent, Financial Times Jan. 09, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

Seaborne Freight won’t have its new Ramsgate-Ostend service ready before April, several weeks after Brexit day, officials admitted during a private cross-departmental meeting of Whitehall officials on Monday - story here on @FT

the company isn’t exactly denying this:

Meanwhile it seems the company might have issued “inaccurate investor briefings” last year.

A document entitled “Seaborne Freight (UK) Limited — Investor Briefing April 2018”, claimed the company had “detailed port agreements with both Ramsgate and Ostend negotiated and agreed”.

This wasn’t true.

Director Brian Raincock told me yesterday: “An agreement with Ostend is largely agreed and Ramsgate is nearing completion...They have been in negotiation for two years . . . Seaborne has never claimed to have signed contracts with Ramsgate or Ostend.”

Do I emailed him the investor presentation, which included these passages:

A little later a Seaborne employee emailed to say that the document was genuine. “I am confirming on the [sic] behalf of Brian that this is a Seaborne document.”

so why did Seaborne chief executive Ben Sharp tell my colleague @Petercampbell1 just before New Year that the contracts had been signed?

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