Wednesday, October 20

Brexit fire issue for Boris Johnson


British seafood exporters accuse the government of destroying the entire industry. The photo is from January this year.

The British are experiencing shortages of gasoline and turkeys. These are just some of the problems that Boris Johnson needs to find a solution to.

More than five years after the referendum and nine months after the British left the EU single market, the country remains divided in its opinion on Brexit.

This is characterized by the discussion about gasoline and turkeys. EU supporters feel it is time to say “what did we say”. They point out that important industries, such as transportation and agriculture, lack labor.

Those who fought to leave the union believe that the current problems are due in large part to the crown pandemic. And they have a point.

“Most people” blame Brexit

Opinion polls suggest that a majority of Britons blame Brexit for this fall’s troubles. Every month the survey institute asks Statista if it was right or wrong to leave the EU.

In September, 47 percent responded that the country should remain in the EU. 40 per cent, on the other hand, are satisfied with the UK exit. When negotiations peaked before Christmas last year, 51 percent thought it was wrong to leave the EU.

The EU friendly organization Best for Great Britain He recently asked voters if the government’s Brexit deal has created more problems than it has solved. 53 percent answer yes, while 15 percent think otherwise.

Here are four Brexit issues Boris Johnson must address:

1. Missing drivers

British transport companies are losing around 90,000 drivers. Before Brexit, around 14,000 European truckers left the country.

The obvious solution for employers was to push for more Brits to get a heavy truck certificate. But before the training began, the country was hit by the corona pandemic. The result is that not only are gas stations short of gasoline.

Large retail chains and others that depend on transportation experience shortages of merchandise.

Employers expected Eastern Europeans to seek refuge on the other side of the English Channel after the Brexit waves subsided. Due to the pandemic it did not happen. Now there is also a shortage of qualified drivers on the mainland.

2. Turkeys and stockbrokers

For the British, the turkey for Christmas is at least as important as the ribs for the Norwegians. Now the slaughterhouse worker shortage threatens the Christmas dinner.

As Norwegian farmers, the British have turned to cheap seasonal labor from Eastern Europe. Brexit makes it difficult for them to enter the country. This fall, farmers gave away parts of the crop or plowed it back into the ground.

At the opposite end of work life, it’s not easy either. The City of London is being challenged by European cities that are more than happy to take on the role of finance capital.

For city leaders, the problem is not cheap labor, but skilled workers. The Financial Times He recently wrote that business leaders are calling for relief in importing highly skilled labor.

Customs, bureaucracy and regulations

For importers and exporters, the advantage of the EU internal market was that they avoided customs clearance at borders. All merchandise must now clear customs when entering or leaving the archipelago.

With regard to food and other products, EU countries will ensure that the products they buy from British manufacturers meet European standards. In the first post-Brexit period, there have been many transitional arrangements. But they are starting to get out of date.

Therefore, there will be a complete control at the borders.

This results in a lot of paperwork. It’s not just food that has the pain of waiting. In the fewest industries, the economy allows you to have a large stock, so everything must happen “just in time.”

Not everyone is complaining that the UK is abandoning EU rules. It opens up to new or different products. The EU has strict rules against genetically modified food. The Telegraph recently reported on all the benefits of “burning the regulation” of the EU.

You can get pitted cherries, less bitter kale, and many other improvements over the fruit and veg counter.

Unionists protest because the border is now in the Irish Sea.

The Irish Sea

Johnson’s biggest Brexit problem is probably the Irish Sea, between England and Ireland. In order for trade between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to proceed as before, border controls are carried out between England and Northern Ireland.

This is in stark contrast to what Johnson promised voters during negotiations with the EU. Northern Ireland Protestants, or Unionists, believe that the current system isolates them from the rest of Britain.

In the agreement with the EU, there is an “Article 16”, which gives the parties the opportunity to set aside the Northern Ireland Protocol. But if the conflict escalates in that way, it could threaten the entire Northern Ireland peace deal.

Johnson’s problem extends beyond Belfast and Brussels. The President of the United States, Joe Biden, is proud of his Irish roots. according to The Belfast Times He warned Johnson that there will be no trade deal between Britain and the United States if the peace deal is threatened.


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