LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s transport secretary was under fresh pressure to resign after the government stacked up a 50 million pound loss for cancelling contracts to charter extra ferries to bring in essential supplies in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

Britain’s Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling is seen outside the Cabinet Office as talks over Brexit continue, in London, Britain April 8, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The decision to award the contracts has been a major political embarrassment after it emerged the government handed out a 14 million pound contract for extra ferries to a company that owned no ferries and published terms and conditions on its website that appeared to be for a takeaway food business.

Then, the government was forced to pay