Bollocks to Brexit

Yeah politics again….snore…

I’m writing this on the eve of the People’s Vote march in London tomorrow. Am I going – you bet your sweet ass I am!

It’s obvious that I have a particular vested interest in this, we chose to live in France after all, but at the time this was tabled we didn’t. But, my husband had an employer with a French head office, and travelled across Europe and beyond as a result. I was a procurement manager, embroiled in various contracts with global suppliers, and European supply chains. Big old news flash coming, BECAUSE THAT’S HOW THE WORLD WORKS PEOPLE! Whether you embrace it or hate it, we now live in a global economy. Just in time supply chains are the life blood of our manufacturing. Minute delays cause the chain to fail, production has to stop, staff are sent home, plant efficiency suffers, money is lost. What do you think happens when a large manufacturer makes less profit? The retailers make less profit. Then in turn, the consumers will start to feel it by way of product shortages and price rises. Supermarkets do not absorb these things believe me.

We are a less than tropical island nation, we cannot produce pineapples and Valencia oranges. To put it even more simply, as an example, a quarter of the world’s paper is produced in Europe and none of it in the U.K. As a retail packaging buyer, nothing goes very far without a cardboard box, sleeve or label. But, trade deals with the rest of the world I hear you cry!!!! So we buy from Asia or America right? One pesky word. Logistics. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that the costs for shipping, both financially and environmentally will be high. Guess who ultimately will pay the price for this? You the consumer of course. Shipping from further away also takes so much longer, so buying fresh produce isn’t possible, and without pinpoint accuracy, just in time supply chains, critical in food production and automotive in particular, will fail.

My question is, why would you want this? There’s just no need to go backwards.

That’s just a tiny fraction of what leaving the EU looks like to me, and why I’ll never support it.

70 years of peace between European nations is not to be sniffed at. Safety in numbers from the Trumps and Erdogans of this world – hell yes! Solidarity makes us stronger, not a solo weak little fish, perfect for picking off the back of the shoal.

I believe in Europe, and I believe the U.K. should remain on the top table. Do you honestly think uk manufacturers won’t still have to adhere to EU regulations? It’s laughable. Failure to adhere to them will mean cutting off millions of your closest trade customers. Imagine still being bound to produce using EU rules, but now without a say in making them? Sounds brilliant doesn’t it? AND, EU rules are there for your protection, from food safety, to pollution control, to medical testing. Why would you want to be less safe?

So for all of these reasons, and very many more, I will march tomorrow, but with some emphasis on a few things that are particularly important to me.

For the hundreds of thousands of British Citizens living in the EU that have been forsaken by their own government, and their seeming disdain towards ring fencing our rights.

For everyone living abroad unable to vote in the referendum due to the 15 year rule, despite the ramifications of this on their lives.

For everyone registered for postal votes that didn’t receive ballot papers in time.

For every terrified retiree with healthcare currently covered by the S1 form that’s been told cheerily by Mr Gove not to worry because it’ll still be funded for a year!!

I march for you.

Will it do any good? I have no idea. All I know is that I have to try.

TTFN xx

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