I wonder what those who voted for Brexit, especially the less well off in the more depressed areas, make of the news in the past few days?
The government has publishedd a hundred page booklet on how to prepare for the non-delayed departure at the end of this year. If we travel to any EU countries in future, among other things we must:
- pay for fully comprehensive health insurance as the European Health Insurance Card, EHIC, is no longer valid for us;
- beware of roaming charges on our mobiles;
- make preparations months in advance (and probably pay a fortune in vet bills) if we wish to take our pets.
In spite of denials there is to be a customs barrier between the mainland and Northern Ireland.
The government is spending some £700m on a customs post-cum-lorry car park near Ashford in anticipation of delays.
And the "easiest trade talks in history" seem destined to hit the buffers and result in "no deal."
Meanwhile our government, released from the constraints of Brussels bureaucrats and free to do as it likes, after having carefully considered in January that it would be a good idea to employ the Chinese company Huawei to contribute to our 5G network, has noticed that President Trump has raised an eyebrow in disapproval so have changed their minds. So much for buccaneering independence.
And welcome to chlorinated chicken.
It's worth making clear that it's not the chlorine that's going to damage us, simply that US standards of food production and hygiene are not as stringent as ours, so the chlorine is used to compensate for this by killing off the bugs.
But it's not all that successful. Every year one in six Americans fall ill from food poisoning: the equivalent figure in the UK, observing EU regulations and excluding imports of inferior quality, is one in twenty-eight.
Before the Referendum speculations about the above were dubbed "project fear." The very same clique of charlatans now publish them as "project reality."
In this article:
the then foreign minister of Poland warns Mr Cameron against the folly of leaving the EU. Reading it now brings tears to my eyes.