Now we know why senior Tories have been quietly telling us we’ll have to wait a number of years before seeing the benefit (ha ha) of Brexit.
I notice that the number of years mentioned seems to vary between five and 50. That also tells us much.
But it is our memories that we should be consulting. We were told that Brexit would take us out of the shadow of the EU and into the “sunlit uplands” of independence (even though we were never dependent on the European Union, when the UK was a member).
That was the happy fantasy; this is the bitter fact:
The volume of exports going through British ports to the EU fell by a staggering 68% last month compared with January last year, mostly as a result of problems caused by Brexit.
It’s a drop of two-thirds – a disastrous amount for any country. For the fifth-richest in the world, it signals a precipitous fall to a place much lower in the international wealth rankings.
And there must be no passing of blame. Responsibility lies firmly with Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove, it seems – who ignored repeated warnings from the Road Haulage Association.
In a letter to Gove dated 1 February, the RHA’s chief executive, Richard Burnett, also told the minister he and his officials had repeatedly warned over several months of problems and called for measures to lessen difficulties – but had been largely ignored.
In addition to the 68% fall-off in exports, about 65%-75% of vehicles that had come over from the EU were going back empty because there were no goods for them to return with, due to hold-ups on the UK side, and because some UK companies had either temporarily or permanently halted exports to the EU.
“I find it deeply frustrating and annoying that ministers have chosen not to listen to the industry and experts,” he said.
Ah, well. We all know Michael Gove’s views about experts.
Michael Gove saying how important it is to follow the science and listen to experts.
— Parody Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson_MP) April 4, 2020
Yes indeed. Mr Gove said the people of the UK had had enough of experts getting it wrong all the time.
Unfortunately for him, it seems the experts – and, yes, they do come from an organisation that can be reduced to an acronym – were right and he was wrong.
I wonder how many billions of pounds he has cost his fellow UK citizens?
Michael Gove famously told us the British had had enough of experts
Well then they certainly got what they wanted pic.twitter.com/2NCQRlgoCT
— European Unity #FBPE #RejoinEU 🇪🇺🌠💙 (@EuropeanUnity1) February 7, 2021
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