He’s really very perceptive you know

Again, I use the word deliberately. Let’s assume that somehow or other the most potent indications of separation will not happen. Let’s assume then that, against the odds, planes do still fly to and from the EU. But let’s assume there is Hard Brexit, without agreement, because nothing else seems plausible right now.

This will men that planes might fly and ships might sail. But how long it then takes to get into and out of the UK is anyone’s guess. Unless the UK decides to abandon all border controls, the flow of people into the UK will take longer than it did before. And IT systems previously shared with the EU probably just won’t work. But we may get round this by simply giving up migration control. But the EU, I think we can be fairly sure, will not be so relaxed. Getting out of this country next year is likely to be hard work.

We’re not in Schengen. You already need a passport to enter the UK…..

And again, even if we decide to throw open our borders (with considerable risk to loss of existing tariff revenues arising as a result)

We pass those tariff revenues along to the EU….

The possibility that VAT will be due on import will be devastating for the cash flow of many small businesses.

We already have a system of suspense accounts…..

I just hope I will be proven wrong, but systemically, this is, I think, by far the biggest and potentially most dangerous crisis Brexit might create, and the most urgent that has to be addressed. But I am not hearing that this is happening.

Well quite. After all, we do expect the government to be sharing its plans with the Sage of Ely, don’t we?

17 thoughts on “He’s really very perceptive you know”

  1. And there are already French border people in the Eurostar station looking bored and supercilious at the same time when they ignore your passport to stare at the pretty girl behind you in the queue.

  2. The Meissen Bison

    London – Ely – Berlin: almost a straight line!

    But let’s assume there is Hard Brexit, without agreement, because nothing else seems plausible right now.

    Remarkably enough, he may be right on that.

  3. A couple of months of low sales of poxy German cars and, somehow, a fix will be invented

    Yes, but by them there will be no medicines, supermarket shelves will be bare and there will be no fuel on sale in the UK. This must be true, because I read it in The Guardian.

  4. Meanwhile, Hodge has called Corbyn antisemitic and racist. A Labour spokesperson has said she will be investigated.

    Pick a side Ritchie….

  5. I flew from a large airport in France to Heathrow last week. Long queues at passport control in France both entering and leaving (so long on leaving that the plane was delayed waiting for people to get through). At Heathrow, took minutes to wander through the ePassport gate. He’s talking total bollocks, as usual.

    Let’s assume then that, against the odds, planes do still fly to and from the EU.

    Honestly, just FUCK OFF.

  6. I’ll be on a train passing through Ely on Friday en route to Norfolk.

    From the train it looks like a really nice little place. Just a shame about the fat fvcking bellend who lives in the unimpressive end-terrace there.

  7. WE DON’T GET EXISTING TARIFF REVENUES, THEY GO TO THE EU!!!!!!”!!”

    Yea gods, he really does have a brain bypass, doesn’t he.

  8. He’s a catastrophiliac: this is Brexit porn, just like nuclear winter was for the disarmament mob, drowning polar bears for the warmunists. I’m sure he finds it very arousing.

  9. “Getting out of this country next year is likely to be hard work.”
    – dear Potato – take yourself to the seaside – Hunstanton is quite close- throw yourself off the cliffs at high tide. You will find it quite easy to leave the country.
    “Let’s assume then that, against the odds, planes do still fly to and from the EU” – what the battle of britain round 2 is going to commence ?

    Sounds like he’s been eating to much salami

  10. I have seen the special chemistry between Rich and Margaret. Be sure that a special film is in process

  11. ” But how long it then takes to get into and out of the UK is anyone’s guess. ”

    It took me about an hour to get through the security pantomime at Manchester last month.

    How will no deal make my wait longer?

  12. How many times must we hear from remainer nutters that some bit of business that we did before 1972 and that we do with 168 non-EU countries now will be impossible with EU countries beyond brexit day?

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