Food disaster! Brexit will lead to an acute shortage of sandwiches
In June, 2016, as soon as the referendum on the issue of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union ended, everything was presented to the British in a pink light. All were confident that within two years, Britain and the EU will discuss all the changes that will occur after the “divorce”, everyone will be satisfied and disperse, remaining friends.
Two years later, it turned out that the most important points of the agreement remain on the agenda, and no progress in their settlement is foreseen. Now brexit can get one of four possible outcomes.
The first is “utopian.” It is assumed that suddenly the British government and the administration of the European Union will cease to defend their interests and will sign an agreement on unfavorable conditions. Painless today, but disastrous in the future.
The second is the “realistic tragic”. Europe and Britain agree that a compromise between them is impossible. The list of EU members is shortened by one point, the British economy and politics are developing in an unpredictable direction, because everyone is offended and do not want to have anything to do with it.
The third is “fantastic.” London will change its mind about leaving the EU. Radical opponents of Brexit, as well as those who are only now beginning to understand that they will never be, "as it was." The government will not take such a step, since this will be tantamount to the inability to answer for their words and the loss of positions in the ranking of powers.
The fourth is “democratic.” Parliament will take into account changes in the situation and hold a new referendum. In reality, the implementation is close to the previous outcome: "I used to vote without understanding why I vote, but now I’ve realized everything, let's replay." This option would suit the regions, whose opinion is once again very few people seriously interested.
Strangely enough, as a result of Teresa May’s inflexible policy, the country is inevitably approaching the most sad future in which London will immediately face all the problems that everyone tried to avoid.
One of them is the problem of customs relations. Since the UK will cease to be part of the European Union, customs procedures may begin to delay for several weeks. This can lead to a difficult supply of food and medicine to the UK market.
The head of the British Food Federation is trying to reassure people, promising them that no one will have to starve, but the choice of products "can significantly reduce."
Serious damage may be caused to the British industry of sandwich production and consumption, which over the many years of development and improvement of recipes has become the most popular food. For the British, a sandwich is an opportunity to have a quick meal with a dish that does not contain anything unnatural and harmful and that you can eat on the move with the help of one hand without fear of getting dirty.
No matter how funny it may sound, sandwiches are of great importance for the British small and medium business: many small businesses specialize in the preparation and sale of sandwiches.
Now the existence of this segment is under threat. Foodstuffs imported from EU countries are necessary for sandwiches, and the British market is not able to meet the needs of this industry. Even if there are no problems with the purchase of food, difficulties will inevitably arise during import. Transportation will be on the border for a long time, food will deteriorate, and the British will get used to living without their favorite sandwiches.
I would like to cheer up the British with the fact that Russia has been living without a number of unique products of its kind for several years now, and, oddly enough, no one died of this food loss. But such a comparison would be dishonest. The Russians, after all, did not deprive themselves of the usual products like buckwheat, herring, black bread, kvass and Russian salad. And sandwiches - this is just a familiar and necessary attribute for every Briton of his day. It seems to be nonsense, but try to live for several months without your favorite dish! But the British, alas, will have to.
- Victor Zaretsky
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