We have yet another story of the costs of Brexit here. The correct reaction to which comes in two parts. As always, the obvious one, that these are the rules being imposed by the EU. This is the nonsense of bureaucracy that they impose, not us. The second and more subtle one is that if we, as outside the EU, now have to do these things then this is just evidence of the costs that the EU imposes on all the 6.5 billion people outside the EU. Or even, upon the 450 million consumers inside the remnant EU:
A commercial cheesemaker in Cheshire has been left with a £250,000 Brexit hole in his business as a direct result of the UK’s departure from the EU on 1 January.
Simon Spurrell said he has lost 20% of his sales overnight after discovering he needed to provide a £180 health certificate on retail orders to consumers in the EU, including those buying personal gift packs of his award-winning wax-wrapped cheese worth £25 or £30.
So, we can think of this as an imposition upon that poor forlorn exporter. Which it is, of course.
We can also think of this as an imposition upon the r-EU consumer. She can’t get ahold of those lovely goods made better, cheaper, faster, by J. Foreigner because of the bureaucracy imposed by the federasts. It is a diminution of the r-EU lifestyle that these rules cause.
Hmm, OK. That means that while we were in the EU, those 40 years, our own lifestyles were diminished by these bureaucratic impositions by the federasts, weren’t they? Those 6.5 billion people out there could not send us those things they do better, faster, cheaper, because of these pieces of federasty.
That is, as I keep insisting, we must recognise these tales of disaster for what they are. These are not stories of the rules we are now subject to post-Brexit. They are tales of the disasters we are no longer subject to post-Brexit.