If you feel glee at this, then I'm sorry but there's something wrong with you. This is tragedy, writ large, inflicted by Brexit on the people who were the most abused, misled and manipulated of any group of individuals in the Brexit debate. Destroyed by the Farages of this world.
It took a truly seismic shock for the person in the video to come to his senses, but the Brexit earthquake rocked his world and sent his business tumbling around him. He is a future ALLY in any effort to get close to the EU, or rejoin as a full member, not a figure of mockery.
The plight of the fishing industry was held up as a totem by fanatic Brexiters time and again since the referendum, and even before.

Now that so many fishermen face ruin because of Brexit red tape, it's (un)remarkable to see their former champions fall silent in unison.
Bear in mind the UK Government swung the executioner's axe a mere 8 hours before the transition period ended, when they published - late on 31 December 2020 - the case study indicating what fishermen would have to do when Brexit proper arrived.
Throughout the negotiations - and the blazing arguments - catch quotas were always a huge red herring, if you'll pardon the pun.

It doesn't matter how much fish you catch if the red tape mountain required to sell it is so steep, the fish can no longer reach your main markets.
And that "new" red tape (new only in the sense that we've never experienced it in the UK before - it's standard procedure for a third country relationship with the EU) was a nailed-on certainty once we left the Customs Union and the Single Market. That decision sealed our fate.

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15 Jan
Before Brexit, the burden of the infinitesimal amount of red tape required to export to the EU in commercial quantities fell entirely on the exporter.

But now, the hyper-convoluted system requires the importer receiving the goods to jump through a number of complex hoops too. ImageImageImageImage
In other words, the UK firm can be as ready as it likes. But if it can't persuade its counterpart to take all the right steps in just the right order too, the goods won't get through.

(Same logic applies in reverse to EU firms selling into the UK)

No wonder there are no queues!
HMRC's official estimate for the annual cost of Brexit red tape is £7.5 billion for UK firms... and another £7.5 billion for EU firms.

Thing is, UK firms now have no choice. The mountain of red tape is required no matter who they trade with, anywhere!

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15 Jan
It's very early days, but there's a sense the mood is beginning to sour on Brexit from some who voted Leave.

Can I please urge you not to undo the good work reality is doing by rubbing their noses into the fact it's "what they voted for". Let their discontent breathe and grow.
Instead, focus your firepower and your ire on the conmen and conwomen who brought us Brexit. The politicians, right-wing opinion formers, outspoken business owners, rogue economists and lawyers, etc.

It's their fault. They misled the entire population, promising impossibilities.
Important: above applies to Brexit, not to anything else!

So IF a particular Leave voter has ALSO proven to be a racist, for example (as demonstrated by their words and actions, NOT their vote) then by all means condemn them for that. Of course. Always.
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15 Jan
The Tories spent tens of millions on "get ready for Brexit" ad campaign (the one that didn't even mention Brexit, only that stuff was "changing") over many months...

And yet a lot of the crucial guidance was published in the last few days of transition. Some even after it ended.
For example, the updated Border Operating Model, with its mind-blowingly complex case studies, was only published on the afternoon of December 31, 2020...
gov.uk/government/pub… ImageImageImage
Here's another example: "Exporting active substances manufactured in Great Britain for use in EEA and Northern Ireland"

Again, this was first published on 31 December 2020 (and revised even more recently!)
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15 Jan
"Covid UK: Dover chaos fears as France demands truckers have Covid tests before being let in"

They want the reliable PCR tests not the shonky lateral flow tests the UK Government have been fobbing them off with. Problem is, PCR test results take 72 hours. dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9…
Note that PCR tests don't have to take 72 hours to be returned ie that delay's not an inherent part of the test!

It's just that our truth-twisting wreckers have never really got it down to much less than that, presumably because of their "Buy Tory, not Expert" policy...
Add to the toxic mess the fact Kent Access Permits only last for 24H, and you can see how a very bad situation is likely to worsen.
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14 Jan
If you understand Brexit, you almost certainly can't understand why others don't understand Brexit.

It's a classic Catch-22 situation.

Simply put: they will NEVER have seen the sorts of information sources you have. So they literally don't know what they don't know.
Are they ill-informed? Yes, if we measure against reality.

Yet they could have consumed a vast amount of "information" from the tabloids, Farage, Brexiters, right-wing TV/radio personalities etc., and practically drowned in tweets and posts from like-minded folk on social media.
That's one of the main reasons why Leavers get annoyed if you call them ignorant. Many put in some effort.

(The other, of course, being that NOBODY likes being insulted.)

It's like training for a marathon when it turns out you were really up for rhythmic gymnastics.
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14 Jan
We are heading towards a dangerous situation in which people who've neither had covid, nor the vaccine, are treated as second-class citizens.

Firms are coming forward demanding mandatory vaccinations of staff. That's great once the vaccine is available to all, but until then?
Similarly, there are hints that some lockdown restrictions could be loosened in future for those who've had the virus and recovered from it.

But that punishes the prudent, especially those under 50 who are still a very long way from receiving one (or two?!) doses of a vaccine.
Far fairer, surely, for *everyone* to suffer, but for a shorter time? (Better for the economy too.)

If we clamp down even further and get the virus incidence way, way down - like over summer 2020 - that buys time to vaccinate tens of millions more people.
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