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Benefits of Brexit

We Brits are now less than one year from exiting the European Union. Sort of. And probably. Should I begin to accept the inevitable and embrace Brexit? Nah. Only when the inevitable is truly and unstoppably inevitable. I’m still holding out for a Breversal. But, just for a change, I thought I’d write a post to highlight the true benefits that Brexit will definitely bring us. Ready?

Duty Free Booze Cruises

Once upon a time, Brits would swarm on to ferries to cross over to the continent on day trips. For a change of scene? A taste of real culture? The sophisticated cuisine? To try out the French they’d learned on cassette courses? No, don’t be silly. They were all off to load up on tax free beer, ciggies, rolling tobacco and boxes of Blue Nun and sherry. Alas, the EU put an end to that. But once we’ve left the EU, one presumes that normal service will be resumed, with a new generation of chavs and chavettes enjoying the freedom to buy vast quantities of products which, in most cases, will be put to good use in shortening their lives by a few years. And costing the NHS more of its scarce resources.

Fun fact: At one stage in the 1990s, Drum tobacco was the most smoked rolling tobacco in the UK. Despite not actually being sold here.

Passport Stamps

I’m currently in the process of renewing my passport. It’ll be my third passport, and my renewal couldn’t have come at a better time – I’ll be able to get a British made red European Union passport rather than one of the ghastly new European made blue British passports. Got your head around that? I know…it’s hilarious. But this is by the by. The real benefit is that I’ll be able to collect stamps in my new passport at customs points when I travel in the EU. My first passport was almost filled with exotic stamps and paper visas. But due to my travelling mostly within the EU for the duration of my second passport, it’s half empty.

Fun prediction: My new EU passport will last 10 years. By the time it expires, I’ll be able to get a new EU passport when we rejoin and totally skip ever having a British passport. Maybe…

I Told You So

There’s no escaping this for Brexit fans. Every time something goes a bit wrong, us Remainers will be able to gloat, mock, point fingers and say ‘told you so’. It’s the one positive that comes from a negative result at the ballot box. Brexiters will soon be grumbling about the growing numbers of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent that are needed to replace the dwindling EU workers. The brown faces are even worse that the Polish ones? Well, we told you so. They’ll be grumbling that the NHS doesn’t appear to be benefitting from the promised £350 million a week cash injection. What, the fictional £350 million? Well, we told you so. They’ll be grumbling that their pensions don’t stretch so far. Everything’s just so much more expensive now, isn’t it? Well, we did tell you so.

Fun fact: Arch Eurosceptic Nigel Farage, who has spent the better part of his adult life campaigning againt EU largesse, and has campaigned for us to leave the EU without paying a penny towards our agreed committments (eg EU pensions) intends to collect not one, but two EU pensions

You might think that another benefit, once we are finally, actually, really out of the European Union is that the argument over our membership will be over. Peace and quiet at last, right? I’ll bet that before the Brexiters have had time to finish their first cup of post-EU tea, the debate over Breturn will be raging. But is it likely?

Brexiters are of a certain age. We are highly likely to have to endure another decade, at least, of austerity. Whilst there is always the chance that unforeseen events (or predictable future possibilities that we prefer to ignore – take your pick) might put paid to Breturn,  I’d say it is otherwise almost certain.

And doesn’t that lead us to the most ironic conclusion? The UK at present mostly has the deal it wants with the EU with key opt-outs. Out of Schengen and the Eurozone. And then there’s the UK Rebate, reducing the financial costs of full membership. The Brexiters have kept us out of those over the last couple of decades. Breturn will, in all likelihood, mean the end of those ‘special deals’. So whilst the Brexiters won the battle of 2016, ultimately, it may well be the Arch Europhiles who win the war.

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12 thoughts on “Benefits of Brexit

  1. Way back in 1979 I was on a ferry coming back to Ireland from France. I met this guy in the bar who was pretty inebriated, almost twisted and gleeful to boot. Apparently his brother in and himself had modified their caravan to store and carry 300 bottles of wine in such a way that it would ride normally fully loaded with wives and all their belongings on board.
    Unfortunately the weather was brutal when we got into Roslare, although ideal for him as they managed to get through customs without a stutter and I saw them hauling up the hill in the drenching rain. I was riding my sidecar outfit dressed to the gills in waterproofs my glasses already fogging up as a result..

    The 70’s and 80’s were great times to see places as yet untouched by tourism. Last time I was back “home” so much had changed and not in a good way however I’m glad I didn’t have to live through the destruction either. Those great riding roads have been straightened into boring tedious scars.. anyway there’s always Mexico

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    • I’ve only had the joy of a channel ferry a couple of times. Once when I went on a school trip to the south of France. And then a few years ago on a coach back from Paris. I’m not the biggest fan of the ferry. I’d prefer to go by Eurostar. Not least because I get a sizeable discount.

      I do know just what you mean about how development. I think there was probably a window of opportunity for the intrepid budget traveller in the late 80s through to the mid 00s, where the world had become accessible and affordable enough to get anywhere, but not so developed to ruin it.

      Although I still have grand plans for future travel…

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  2. norm says:

    I’m still not convinced it is a done deal, there are too many cards to be played for my skeptical self to see a real path to exit. The foot dragging is first rate, a lot of talk but so little action. As the calendar progresses and nothing gets done: “The UK at present mostly has the deal it wants with the EU with key opt-out” acts the trump card.

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    • There’s still room for a Breversal, but it’s getting late in the day. Every day that passes makes it more likely that we’re on our way out.

      I think at thins stage the best hope for a rethink will come via Article 50 being extended, rather than a transition arrangement.

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  3. This isn’t particularly on-topic, but I see you’ve gotten a rash of spam “likes,” at least on a bunch of comments I’ve left on other posts. Seems like the spammers have found a way around the spam filters in order to get their links onto our pages anyway. Have you any idea how we can block them? I did read a wordpress.com article dated 2015 about the problem, but it proposed no solutions.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Redding, CA
    Where we continue to enjoy the many benefits of Amerexit here more than 200 years later.

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    • I did notice the sudden influx of spam likes, and I have looked into what to do about them. It seems I am short on options. I can (and have) added the offenders to the Comment Blacklist, which will apparantly block them in future. But leaves their current ‘likes’ intact. Which is annoying. I’m not sure this will be entirely effective anyway. Despite their similarity, each like came from a different account. It does seem to be a bit of a loophole. If it continues, then the only solution is to turn off likes. Which would be a bit of a shame.

      Where we continue to enjoy the many benefits of Amerexit here more than 200 years later.

      And the drawbacks. No matter, amigo. Rumour has it that Queen Lizzie is mulling over a run for 2020. Oddschecker has her a big favourite to trump Trump. There’s good odds to be had on whether she has him sent to the tower for beheading afterwards….

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  4. I am getting a little jealous of all the Brexit difficulties. Jealous enough that I have started stirring up secessionist sentiments in Chiapas, the Yucatan peninsula, and the north. There may be some fertile ground there for Mexico to be the next Ununited Kingdom.

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    • Now Steve, you know that Mexico doesn’t like foreigners involving themselves in the country’s politics. I imagine sedition is also frowned upon. But on the upside, if you manage to pull off a Cortes, have you given the appropriate consideration for how you will be titled? Do you fancy ‘Emperor Steve’? Or does ‘King Steve I’ work better?

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  5. Who needs those hollow royal titles? I was thinking First Comrade Steve might have a nice ring to it. Or I could take the United Fruit approach and be happy with merely pulling strings.

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