What Is It About Trade That Kills Intelligence And Minds?

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ITV tries to tell us of the effect that Brexit will have upon trade and prices. They do manage to get much of it right but one can see that it’s all been learned by rote. For no one actually thinking would make this mistake:

Those tariffs vary depending on the industry, so if the UK were to trade with the EU on WTO terms it would mean our manufacturers paying an export tax on electrical machinery of 2.5%, but it would be 10% on British cars and for our cheese and dairy farmers the export duty would be almost 36%, which would be felt by the British consumer.

Tariffs aren’t paid by the exporters of course, they’re paid by the importers. We can indeed say that tariffs will be levied upon our exports, but who is it that pays them? The importers and then the consumers of our exports.

But of course that’s not what I’m really complaining about. So, there’s that export tax – let’s allow them that – so how is that felt by British consumers? It might be, will be, felt by French consumers, or German, but British?

The stuff we send out of the country rises in price and so British consumers feel that, do they?

Sigh.

The only way this can be true is that the tariffs mean the exports don’t take place. Which leaves more cheese and milk swilling around the British marketplace, lowering prices. British consumers might feel that, sure, but why would they complain about it?

If only the people who write the news for us knew anything about the news, eh?