If half our exporters are in danger due to Brexit, should we ignore them in favour of the other half?

Imagine this container ship half-empty and you’ll have an idea of the effect that Brexit is having on UK exports.

That was the rationale behind the support for the EU referendum decision, if I recall correctly: that the 48 per cent who were disadvantaged by it should accept that the 52 per cent had won.

Now we see 49 per cent of UK exporters are facing difficulties that are disrupting their business as they struggle to cope with Brexit-related bureaucracy and border checks that the Tory government spent years promising would not be imposed.

People are making the obvious comparison, and This Writer thinks it is reasonable to do so.

All right – the EU referendum vote was democracy in action and it was won by those who wanted to quit the European Union.

That decision has consequences, and we are seeing those consequences in action now.

In January, the UK lost 68 per cent of its export trade to the EU. Now we see that 49 per cent of exporting companies are experiencing difficulties with the new system. If the situation continues, they may close. Already fishery firms are closing.

If firms go out of business, people will lose their jobs and the economy will spiral into a recession so deep that 2008 will seem like a picnic in comparison.

I wonder if Brexiteers who work for affected firms will still be telling Remainers, “You lost – get over it!” from the food bank queues.

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3 thoughts on “If half our exporters are in danger due to Brexit, should we ignore them in favour of the other half?

  1. Martin Odoni

    Brexit cheerleaders like the utterly evil John Redwood keep telling us that Brexit would work out just fine, if only we were more ‘positive’ about it.

    My response to that is always, “Staying in the EU would have worked out just fine, if only you Brexiteers had been more ‘positive’ about it. And it would have taken a lot less effort too.”

  2. disabledgrandad

    Well as the crazy seam to be running the Asylum currently with this Brexit madness the only way people will wake up is when there stupid affects them.

    I don’t like seeing people lose jobs but sometimes you have to be brutal to stop worse down the line.

  3. mohandeer

    I’m sure that the Brexiteer bigots will find some way to blame “those bloody foreigners”, if that was their rationale for voting leave they are unlikely to admit the truth when things go south.

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