A friend of mine has asked how are things in the UK, is life better, is it poorer, what noticeable changes are happening since Brexit occured. Anything that i can passon would be appreciated.
Global energy prices have nothing to do with Brexit, but the UK now having the highest energy prices in Europe - which we didn't previously - does. The EU Internal Energy Market means they can absorb the price shocks whereas the UK now on its own has 70 providers, many chancers trying to make a quick buck and going bust, and the taxpayer will pick up the £1 billion bill to bail them out.Gas prices have nothing to do with brexit.
The labour shortage has hit the industries that rely on exploiting low wages, so while there is a short term problem, long term the industries will be forced into paying a decent wage instead of exploiting cheap labour. That has to be better in the long term.
The accusation that you hate your country because you didn’t want British people to lose their freedoms and endure massive economic harm which makes them poorer is, well, Brexit.I suspect there will be the usual ‘I hate my country‘ BS on here from one or two - thankfully the Ignore option is working for me. It’s also almost impossible to make this comparison by not conflating economic impacts of a pandemic. In many cases it will be difficult to know the root causes - more likely a combination (it is particularly unhelpful though to roll tax rises etc. into the Brexit argument IMO).
So taking an objective view. There are two major impacts I see - there is definitely a skills shortage in some areas - and not exclusively low paid jobs. But is this Brexit or is it also companies/orgs dialling back during the pandemic and finding it hard to recover? As I say probably a combo. Secondly, there are shortages of certain items. I have seen gaps on shelves but not empty shelves as some would claim. This is in part due to a knock on shortage of lorry drivers but also likely supplier related as well.
Conversely, I know many people who have taken the opportunity to look to buy more locally. If sustained that would have a positive effect on UK producers (though offset by impacts on exports for example). Any ‘buy local’ approach is also long term good for the environment of course.
In truth though it would be a stretch to say there are clear benefits at this early stage.
Speaking from purely personal experience - and others will have their own - Brexit may as well not have happened. I had one delayed shipment from the EU in the early days and that’s about it. I’m talking about my place as a consumer here. As I say others may see differently but I have never had a relation, friend or neighbour say ‘Ever since that bl@@dy Brexit ….’. Everyone I know seems unaffected, or at least unbothered (as consumers I hasten to reiterate).
Would be interested to hear from Ave_IT and Greenrod on this though. From a business perspective I recall the former was fearful in terms of supplies and trade, while the latter was more optmistic about new opportunities. Would be interesting to know if those views have changed at all.
It's easy to make statistics to benefit your way of thinking in an argumentMany European countries have overtaken the U.K. in the vaccine rollout and the U.K. have more daily new cases than any other country in Europe.
And to think peeing off our nearest neighbours who provide much of our energy and food is a good thing, if that’s the best you’ve got well it ain’t much.
I'm not making statistics benefit anybodys way of thinking. I'm just reporting the figures from worldometer which I think everybody uses. As for the I dont believe foreigners argument yeah we've had that one already.It's easy to make statistics to benefit your way of thinking in an argument
UK tests more vigorously for covid than many of our European neighbours, and as such, more cases are always likely to be found. Then you also have to make a choice on whether you believe the figures released by each country...