web analytics

No Fuel? No Food? Whose Fault Mr & Mrs Brit?

(With acknowledgement to the New Yorker Magazine)

No fuel at the pumps, Mister Brit? No food on the supermarket shelves, Mrs Brit?  Who is to blame for this catastrophe? Apparently not your government, Mr and Mrs Brit. It can’t all be because of Brexit, can it? No, of course not, that nice Mister Johnson is quite adamant about that.

It’s such a pity he’s a liar. Or, maybe he’s just deluding himself? The evidence just doesn’t seem to back him up. Certainly, the pandemic has caused economic problems worldwide, but there’s plenty of fuel and food available throughout Europe – that’s the set of nations you guys once belonged to – and British politician’s don’t seem to have noticed there’s no shortage of fuel at the pumps or food on the supermarket shelves, in Northern Ireland. How can that be? Because Northern Ireland is still technically a part of the European Union. Remember that border down the Irish Sea, that Boris Johnson said he’d never agree to when Theresa May projected it, yet soon latched onto when it was his turn at  negotiating Brexit.

Northern Ireland can get it’s fuel and food through the south, again an EU member, because there’s an open border between the two.  Which seems to prove Mister Johnson and his bunch of political gangsters are somewhat skewed in their assessments.

Most Europeans agree. The general consensus is that you guys on your tiny island only have yourselves to blame.

“We tried to talk you out of it,” they cry, “but you decided otherwise. Now you have to face the consequences.”

According to a recent editorial in the French newspaper, ‘Libération’:

Après le Brexit, le risque de la catastrophe

La sortie du Royaume-Uni de l’UE entraîne de nombreuses pénuries en main-d’œuvre et en produits outre-Manche. Pendant ce temps-là, Boris Johnson préfère, lui, disserter sur l’affaire des sous-marins français…

After Brexit, the risk of disaster
The UK’s exit from the EU is causing numerous labor and product shortages across the Channel. Meanwhile, Boris Johnson prefers to discuss the affair of the French submarines.

There is already a shortage of English condoms, which the English call French letters. The foreign plumbers have gone to the English, translated as “take French leave”. And the shortage of vegetables means that many people have to make do with an English-style dish, the famous French cuts. And nothing is more embarrassing than the disappearance from supermarkets of toilet paper, an English derivative of the French word “toile”. Two years after the start of Brexit, hundreds of thousands of drivers, farmers, waiters, plumbers and even doctors, working in Britain with their European passports, have returned to their country with no intention of returning. The consequences were said to be unforeseeable, and yet observers had predicted, for example, that McDonald’s restaurants would no longer be able to serve milkshakes or that it would be difficult to find cans of Coca-Cola…”

Numerous other European media outlets contain similar, somewhat scathing, reports of the British government’s ineptitude and the consequences of abandoning a huge trading partner on their doorstep, for the vain hope of obtaining a “very substantial” trade deal with Donald Trump’s USA.

It’s not just the Europeans calling out the British government over its bungling of Brexit, America’s largest news media outlet, CNN, carried the September 29  headline:

“Boris Johnson’s Brexit choices are making Britain’s fuel and food shortages worse”

“Although shortages, supply chain delays and rising food and energy costs are affecting several major economies, including the United States, China and Germany, Britain is suffering more than most because of Brexit.

Specifically, the form of Brexit pursued by the UK government — which introduced stringent immigration policies and took Britain out the EU market for goods and energy, making it much harder for British companies to hire European workers and much more costly for them to do business with the country’s single biggest trading partner.

It didn’t have to be this way — there were other options for a future EU-UK relationship. Worker shortages, for example, were not an inevitable outcome of Brexit, nor was going it alone on energy. But in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ideological rush to “get Brexit done” amid fraught negotiations with the European Union, agreements in several crucial areas, including energy, were sidelined…”

No fuel at the pumps, Mister Brit? No food on the supermarket shelves, Mrs Brit? But you’re not holding Boris Johnson to blame, are you?

It seems the rest of the world isn’t fully in agreement with you.