While papers like the Murdoch Times, the increasingly desperate and downmarket Telegraph, and the Daily Brexit, still called the Express, instruct their readers to Look Over There at their latest Beeb Shock Horror inventions, alleged Prime Minister Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson and his fellow clown car occupants have just pressed the panic button. But they are already too late. The FT, almost alone, has hinted at the gathering storm.
Joe Mayes of Bloomberg has spelt out the looming chaos (thread HERE; a must read), telling “Michael Gove has been given a Cabinet Office briefing listing 13 issues with the government's post-Brexit border plans, which is said to have `critical gaps' and is in part `unmanageable', with only 4 months to go”. There is more.
“Get this wrong, and it's a winter crisis for Johnson. The EU will stop trucks that try to enter without customs declarations, creating traffic jams and supply chain turmoil. It's new cross-border red tape that hasn't been needed for 30 years, and will apply even with an FTA … The stakes are high. UK does about half its trade with the EU, 80% of imported food in British supermarkets comes from the bloc. Border chaos would mean fresh food spoiling in trucks, just-in-time manufacturing stalling, extra strain on supply chains”.
Note “even with an FTA”. That means even if the Brexit talks reach a successful conclusion this month, disaster will not be averted. Mayes has added “the government has given itself sweeping powers to build Brexit lorry parks across England, without needing local approvals … In a statutory instrument laid before Parliament today, Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick listed 29 council areas where Brexit lorry parks can be built”.
Can it get worse? As if you need to ask. Business Insider has revealed that “Thousands of British food businesses could be left without the correct labelling required to continue selling to the European Union and Northern Ireland after the UK government missed an industry deadline to advise them on what new rules they will have to follow … Britain will leave the EU's trading rules at the end of this year, after which the labels that British food and drink businesses use will no longer be legally recognised on the continent”.
There was more. “UK trade associations repeatedly warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government that the end of August was the absolute deadline for issuing guidance that will allow them to produce new labels in time for January 1 … However, with just four months to go, they are still waiting for clarity from the UK government on the labelling rules they will have to follow in 2021”. We are well and truly screwed.
Worse, the idea that Michael “Oiky” Gove will sort the problem is for the birds, his mastery of politics another press confection, the idea that he must know what he’s doing as he’s one of their own. No hurling of dead cats will stop the onrushing disaster.
All that We The People can do is to sit and wait for it to happen. Hello Project Reality.
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