The results of a hard Brexit were clearly laid out in the Yellowhammer Report in 2019. The ERG knew there was going to be a big price to pay for Brexit.
They knew there would be:
HGV driver shortages
Pay freezes or cuts
Impact on trade – a big loss of imports and exports
Impact on fishing and agriculture
A skill shortage
A shortage of drivers, fruit and veg pickers, carers, nurses, doctors, caterers, hotel staff and many other workers.
It was all laid out in the Yellowhammer report.
They went ahead anyway despite the huge impact. They obviously thought it was worth it.
They also thought they could get away with lying about it to get it through.
They told us:
It would save us billions which would go to the NHS – a lie
There would be huge opportunities for trade with far superior trade deals – a lie
Fishing and agriculture would prosper – a lie
We would be richer with better standards – a lie
There would be no red-tape, delays or tariffs – a lie
The UK union was safe and there would be no border in Northern Ireland – a lie
The truth is that there are no fabulous trade deals.
Brexit has cost us an incredible amount – far more than all the money paid into the EU over forty years.
Fishing and agriculture is in crisis because their markets are gone.
We are having shortages and rising costs because of the delays, borders, tariffs and extra costs.
The union is under threat because there are borders and they did not vote for this.
The HGV crisis is just one of the many crises due to staff shortages, skill shortages – shortages that cannot be easily addressed. It takes time to train up people even if they want to do the job.
The petrol, energy, tax, food, NI rises were inevitable – someone has to pay for all this and that is not the rich.
The pay cuts and price rises due to Brexit are being disguised with Covid.
So why did Johnson and the ERG go for a hard Brexit (when they did not have a mandate for a Hard Brexit)?
They saw a way to gain power.
They saw a way to make great personal gain (such as Rees-Moggs £7 million and the revolving door into lucrative jobs).
They hated the EU.
They were Nationalists who believed that regaining power was worth any price.
They were xenophobic.
They were racists who believed that they were superior to all other human beings.
There might well be a percentage of the British public who for one reason or another agree with them. Who feel that Brexit was worth it at any price.
I bet the majority of the British public do not agree with that.
The truth is:
We were cynically lied to and they need holding to account for that. They never told us what the price was that we would inevitably pay.
They knew that price before they went ahead and deliberately decided to lie to us.
They knew they would never get Brexit through if they told the truth.
So why aren’t Labour and the media clinically analysing the Yellowhammer Report and holding the government to account for their deliberately lies and deception?
Who can you trust???