So we’ve started to see the effects of brexit. Gaps are starting to appear on shelves, notably in the Fresh food isles (I’ve been able to get everything I need, with a bit of shopping around, but there’s clearly a reduced level of choice). Northern Ireland is particularly badly effected with job losses and food shortages seen as inevitable, and some UK owned stores within the EU are struggling and may have to close completely.
Meanwhile there has been some chaos at ports, with people showing up with the wrong paperwork (fortunately as many truckers shunned the ports this last week, this has avoided any lengthy tailbacks), but traders have warned it will get worse once the volume of lorries increases. In fact the problem with incorrect paperwork has gotten so bad, one courier has simply stopped delivering across the UK/EU border for the time being. Meanwhile some people who need access to certain medicines have seen their supplies cut off.
And ironically, give all the talk about fish, some fishermen in Scotland have been told to reduce their fish catch, or in some cases, had to stop fishing completely. The problem is that the infrastructure to allow them to export their produce just doesn’t exist. And given the potential for delays transporting the fish to Europe (who wants to buy 2 day old Scottish fish when freshly caught French fish is available), it doesn’t make sense to export (and if it takes longer to get the fish to market you are going to need more trucks to match the same demand and currently there is a shortage of trucks)….but I’m sure those unicorns we were all promised are on the way.
And speaking of Scotland, it will probably come as no surprise to learn that support for independence is surging, now at 58% and rising (that’s +13% rise since the 2014 referendum, most if it in the last year or so). Plus a poll from NI (just one for now, but clearly indicates a shift in opinion) has come out showing a majority in favour of re-unification for the first time.
Oh and, much as I predicted, the media have been papering over the cracks and hiding the impacts of brexit. When they mention them at all (e.g. the shortages in British owned supermarkets in the EU) they spin it as an opportunity for some nativist points scoring (as they see brexit as a re-run of the Italian job where we get to add up the scores and see who won, when in truth its a lose lose scenario for everyone). Or we have this piece from the BBC (the Brexit Bullsh*t Corp.) talking about the “surprising” and “unexpected” impacts of brexit (such as truckers having their sandwiches confiscated at the border).
Ya, surprising only if you’ve had your head in the sand for the last 5 years. Hell I wrote an article 9 years ago warning of the possible impacts of brexit. People were warned, they choice not to listen. If you don’t like the consequences (e.g. the UK now breaking up) well you are just going to have to accept them, its a little late in the day to start complaining. Its a millstone that leave/Tory voters are going to have to wear around their necks for the rest of their days.