Brexit And Boris
Do You Know What Brexit Is?
It applies only to the UK but it will also affect Europe and every other trading nation in the world. Brexit stand for BRitish Exit from the European Union (EU). Britain joined the European Economic Community (as it was then known) in 1973, 46 years ago and voted by 2 to 1 to remain in it in a referendum a few years later. Then, in 2016, there was a referendum to see whether the British people wanted to stay in the EU and there was a small majority in favour of leaving. The country was split almost 50:50 on whether to leave or stay and this has caused a great many problems.
Most of the problems seem to have arisen because no one actually expected the "leave" campaign to win, so there was no discussion about what would happen or how it would be done before the referendum took place.
The Prime Minister appointed after the referendum failed to secure a Brexit deal that a majority of the House Of Commons (equivalent to the House of Representatives in the US) would agree to. A new Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, has now been appointed who says that Britain will leave the EU, deal or no deal on 31 October 2019.
If there is no trade deal in place on 31 October 2019, then imports and exports between Britain and the rest of the world will be affected. Many customs and import and export rules are all tied into membership of the European Union. There is also a land border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland that at present is entirely free and unrestricted. This was included as part of the Good Friday Agreement concluded in 1998, which brought peace to Northern Ireland. If Britain leaves the EU with no agreement, then there will need to be some kind of border controls between Northern Ireland which will leave the EU along with the rest of Britain and the Republic of Ireland which will remain in the EU.
Preparations For Brexit
Many businesses are making preparations for what will happen after Brexit. Supermarkets are stockpiling about 3 months worth of goods, whereas normally they bring in items on a "Just In Tine" basis, which saves stockpiling. Fresh food cannot be stockpiled. Many items used in Britain are imported, for instance all the beans used in Baked Beans, probably Britain's favorite food, come from the USA and other places because the navy beans cannot grow in the British climate. HP brown sauce, another avorite item is made in the EU. Supplies may be delayed coming through the ports and preparations are being made to turn parts of the motorways (freeways) near major ports into lorry parks, to cater for possibly 25 miles of lorry queues.
Anyone looking at this is making their own preparations for making sure they have enough food and means of staying warm well ahead of 31st October 2019. Maybe everything will go smoothly, let's hope so: but if it doesn't make sure you have plenty of baked beans and toilet paper stockpiled while the problems are sorted out!
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