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Brexit In The UK

While many think Brexit will affect only the UK, it will affect many more countries than that, and not just Europe.

Due 31st October 2019

The new Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, has said that the UK will leave the European Union (EU) on 31st October no matter what happens, with or without a deal.


Those with a great deal of knowledge of Brexit, trade and finance, like Professor Tim Lang who spoke on BBC Radio 4 on Monday 5 August 2019 and said there could be drops of perhaps 50% of lorries crossing borders on the first day and lasting for months are warning of disruption in food supplies and other goods. Others with practical working knowledge of Brexit and finance are also warning of problems. Of course, those who want everything to run smoothly say there will be no problems but they seem to be talking from a position of hope and rosy spectacles, as opposed to actual knowledge.

Are They Right?

Who is right? The optimists or the pessimists?


I would like to think I am a realist. I will hope for the best and plan for the worst. Today is now designated as - buy a few extra cans of food and stash them away. Tinned fish, like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and other tinned items like baked beans, spaghetti, etc. are always useful, so if everything goes well, then the tins can be added back into the normal food supply. If things don't go well, then there is food available in the house.

Brexit Survival Journal

I have published a Brexit Survival Journal that will remind me of what needs to be stocked up on.

Not Just UK

While Brexit is just for the UK, stocking up on necessities is a useful idea because anything can happen and it's always useful to plan ahead. You can read about here:

Image Credit » (c) MegL, my own photo

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VinceSummers wrote on August 6, 2019, 6:55 PM

I keep out of political matters. Sometimes the concept that seems valid proves to create problems worse than those it serves. And the "verse, vica". But I can relate to this as being an issue of concern to those affected.

MegL wrote on August 7, 2019, 2:08 AM

VinceSummers , I have kept this non-political because as far as I am concerned, keeping a stock of essentials is important whichever way you voted in the referendum. I see it as a practical risk evaluation and an easy no-brainer to do. If it's not needed - fantastic - the items will still be used. If it IS needed, then we will not starve. It's the same kind of reasoning that people who perhaps live in a tornado zone might use for having a storm cellar stocked with food and emergency lanterns. Doesn't matter who you voted for in an election or even if you didn't vote at all. The tornado makes no distinction.

VinceSummers wrote on August 7, 2019, 6:44 AM

In fact, this aspect is more than possibly valid, it is quite important. In fact, so much so, that we (as a religious group) have been strongly advised to make up what we call a "go bag" stocked with the things we would need in an emergency in a large backpack or carry bag. The suggested items are enumerated by various agencies, including meds, water, canned food items, an opener, a light, etc. We send out relief workers to rebuild construction, electric, etc., as well as provide water, food, and clothing. Quite frequently we are the first on the scene in times of disaster. By we, I mean Jehovah's Witnesses.

MegL wrote on August 7, 2019, 9:43 AM

A go bag is an important item to have packed and ready at all times, for all people. A weeks or so ago, here in the UK, a dam threatened to burst and the people living in the path of the water had to be evacuated immediately and have not yet been allowed back. They were reminded to take pets and medications but it certainly would have been easier for many of them if they had had a "go" bag packed with toothbrush, soap, snacks, etc. ready to pick up and take with them at a moment's notice. Some people keep a go bag in their cars at all times.

EDIT: The evacuated people have just been allowed back in today, 7th August 2019

Last Edited: August 7, 2019, 10:05 AM

VinceSummers wrote on August 7, 2019, 10:47 AM

Good. I wonder what faces them now?

MegL wrote on August 7, 2019, 4:46 PM

The water has been pumped out of the dam and the level has been dropped by 10 metres, about 30 feet, so the top of the water is lower than the place where the dam was weakened. This gives time for the dam to be repaired and made safe. It was the top of the dam wall that was damaged. Lower down was OK.

AliCanary wrote on August 8, 2019, 12:30 AM

It sounds like you are being sensible about things. After all, tins of food can certainly be consumed if they are not needing to be stored.

MegL wrote on August 8, 2019, 3:07 AM

Exactly. I am recommending that only things you would eat anyway should be bought.