Is this really another “unforeseen” result of Brexit?
New, post-Brexit import rules mean the UK will now receive only 30 per cent of the fireworks the country had last year.
It means most Bonfire Night celebrations will be cancelled and prices will be pushed up, so the only such celebrations taking place will be held by the very, very rich.
People like the Tories, in fact.
It’s almost as if they had planned it to deprive the plebs of an evening of fun, while rubbing their noses in the fact that the rich Tories can still enjoy it themselves.
Sadly, we can easily believe that to be true.
Importing from countries such as China, the main supplier of fireworks globally, requires the cooperation of the EU member state, where these container ships dock on the way to the UK. Belgium, for example, charges extra for any explosives sent via their ports because they don’t want involvement with UK civil explosives.
Prior to Brexit enforcement, the UK could attribute a code to the manufacturing site in China to identify and trace the explosives. now the UK is no longer within the EU, importers require the national authority of the EU Member State of import to allow that code to be sent to the manufacturing site. So shipments from China arriving in the UK are dependent upon the cooperation of an EU Member State.
Secondly, fireworks face the same issues with UK ports and domestic transport that any other goods face, caused by Brexit labour shortages. Many EU workers have returned to mainland Europe, and others haven’t had their work visas renewed, causing mass labour shortages in the UK supply chain.
Finally, fireworks are impacted more by Brexit than other imports, as they have a long shelf life when stored correctly, so wholesalers don’t want to take the risk of stocking up on CE marked goods when they can’t be sold past the end of 2022.
It’s one of those situations that make you long for the success of a modern-day Guy Fawkes.
Source: Brexit cancels bonfire night: Import rules reduce UK firework supply by 70 per cent – CityAM : CityAM
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Great, I hate fireworks, been trying to get them banned for years.
To be frank, I have long been of the opinion that fireworks should be banned from sale to the general public.
Only one small good outcome from the fascist tories’ brexit! Fireworks will not be on sale this year! Excellent these dangerous fake entertainments have caused immense harm to animals and humans too!
Don’t care if the fascist tories blow themselves up because they purchased expensive fireworks!
I agree with the above three comments. I hate fireworks and I’d be over the moon to see a complete ban on fireworks. Waste of money; dangerous for wildlife, livestock and pets, as well as children