As the 29th March approaches the UK Government appears to be no nearer to resolving the Brexit deal. This is likely to be only the start of what has already been a wasteful two and a half year period with little executive focus beyond Brexit. Meanwhile all sorts of other major issues that affect people’s daily lives have been paid little attention. There is a significant growth in homelessness, increases in poverty, disadvantaged communities under pressure from new benefit rules, increasing knife crime involving teenagers, cuts to police resources, reductions to military capabilities but we are prepared as a nation to tolerate the billions spent on Brexit driven by political ideology. If you want to know the impact of Brexit on the most vulnerable read on http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/spdo/spdorp03.pdf. If you want to know more about the inadequate border preparations read this National Audit Office Report https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/The-UK-border-preparedness-for-EU-exit-update.pdf. If you want to know how Brexit will affect you and your standard of living there is some sobering research from the Resolution Foundation that you can read here https://www.resolutionfoundation.org/app/uploads/2019/02/Living-Standards-Outlook-2019.pdf.
The National Health Service despite best efforts appears to be in meltdown as a national service missing all sorts of government targets so much so that the government wants to remove targets so that problems are not highlighted which does not appear to be very sensible. Whilst targets in themselves may not be a panacea they are indicators of service and should not be brushed under the carpet. There are real issues about priorities and funding which are highlighted in this comment piece by the Kings Fund commenting on the November 2018 budget. https://www.kingsfund.org.uk/blog/2018/02/priorities-nhs-2018-19-and-beyond.
Only history will tell the tale of what Brexit means or meant for the well-being of the United Kingdom. It is likely to be one of the most calamitous and politically inept decisions by any British Government and there have been quite a few already detailed in the history books. This is not about the immediate impact Brexit will have although that is likely to be very damaging with many long term commitments broken. It is doubtful that there will be much manufacturing taking place given the threatened withdrawals by Nissan, Land Rover, BMW (Mini), Honda, Toyota, Ford and others. Take a look at this Civitas Report written back in May 2017 the writing was on the wall but these messages have been largely ignored by an inept Brexit executive. http://www.civitas.org.uk/content/files/supportingindustrypostbrexit.pdf .See also the earlier article in Supplychain news from 2016 http://www.supplychainonline.co.uk/article/uk-auto-industry-raises-concerns-over-post-brexit-supply-chain-tariffs/
It is about the return to darker days, isolationism and withdrawal from the global economy and all the benefits that accrue through collaborative partnerships properly negotiated by a community for the benefit of those in it. We know that the EU has many shortcomings but returning to a world where negotiations are returned to Westminster may not be the smartest move and the track record of their negotiation skills is not proven as we have witnessed first-hand. Many politicians appear to be completely out of touch with any sense of reality.
Brexit has also created panic and given rise to some strange decisions for example take a look at the National Audit Office Report on the cross-channel ferry capacity debacle. https://www.nao.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/The-award-of-contracts-for-additional-freight-capacity-on-ferry-services.pdf
We know that there is going to be disruption to many supply chains and delays and administrative burdens are going to increase time taken and the cost of moving freight into and out of the UK. This is why there has been serious concern expressed by every quarter of business involved in serious EU trade which accounts for over 50 per cent of all trade contributing to UK National Income. There are some dissenting voices harkening back to a bygone age of Free Trade that never really existed being more myth than reality and it was of course the era in which the Empire was fuelled by The British East India Company formed in 1601. Today’s global trading system is much more complex. Many rich people of course do stand to gain by gambling on the treasures that Brexit Buccaneers such as Dyson may be able to realise by moving manufacturing outside of the UK to South East Asia but for most working and living their daily lives in the UK the story is different. Take a look at the National Audit Office Report on the cost of the referendum a reduction of £1,500 in annual disposable income, according to this Resolution Foundation analysis
Be good to wake up from the Brexit dream or nightmare depending where you sit on the matter.