Gerard Batten a UKipper politician said, on 17 February 2017, “Trade relations with the EU cold be sorted out in an afternoon over a cup of tea”. Just one of the many specious statements made by Brexiteer politicians over the last four years – see the image above (not my work incidentally). So far as I am aware Liam Fox never achieved any trade deals of note, and we still await details of how we are to trade with the EU Countries ( 27 of them, remember) in the coming years. Now, via the usual accidental, deliberate, or preplanned “leaks” we begin to see what the legion of civil servants employed on Brexit arrangements has been beavering away at.
It seems that a 99 page document has been leaked with an outline of proposed arrangements which to the uninitiated viewer look to be horrendous, and which I have read elsewhere in “The Guardian” are not expected to be actually working in practice until the end of 2021. What happens during 2021 is anybody’s guess. Some seem to think that the Government will have to go to the EU and beg for further time, an extension of, the existing Withdrawal Agreement arrangements. And these are only proposals. They are yet to be discussed and ratified, and then they have to be disseminated to civil servants, commerce and industry for them to absorb them and to begin to make the necessary arrangements, and to train up the people who are going to have to work the new system. The red tape which was to be eliminated is proliferating, but perhaps one upside is that new jobs will of necessity be created to cope with the work load. Firms will need to put up their prices and new levels of taxation for us all will have to be calculated – enormous amount of money have been committed to mitigate the effects of the pandemic, and now more will be needed to run this scheme. How this is better than the benefits of EU Membership it is difficult to understand.
That the Government is aware that there will inevitably be hold ups to lorries is evidenced by plans now emerging of their intention to build lorry parks to accommodate the waiting traffic. What will happen to fresh food or Dutch cut flowers one dreads to think.
It would be nice to think that some of the people who told these egregious lies over the past few years might be brought to justice one day, but I think it unlikely, or if it did happen it would probably be 20 years or more down the road when it would all have become ancient history and many of them will have died.