There’s not going to be a no-deal Brexit just yet and, while the matter remains far from settled, Europe’s collective sigh of relief was probably audible from Messier 87 . Last year, Reverend provided a special edition of one of its models to a guitar shop in Glasgow, Scotland, called Merchant City Music. I must have it. So I placed my order, but with some misgivings.
Because the EU functions like one country as far as trade is concerned, my guitar would arrive sometime in late April as painlessly as if it had been dispatched from another German city. ’s own statistics , other EU countries accounted for 44% of British exports, worth around $360 billion, a couple years back. More than half of the U.K. imports, worth around $449 billion, came from other EU countries. That all adds up to a lot of cars, industrial machinery, medicines, clothing, and vegetables facing the same Brexit-era quandary as my coveted guitar.
I have a German wife and a German daughter, and I don’t think I’d have much trouble getting residency, even in the case of a sudden no-deal Brexit. I may have been an unsettled customer, but it’s fair to say that, as a business owner, Cameron has it worse. Leave and remain campaigns are still at fierce odds nearly three years after the Brexit referendum. More He told me in a Thursday interview, shortly after the U.K. got its latest six-month extension, that I was far from the only customer on the European mainland to worry about the practicalities of buying a guitar from Scotland.
“We do get asked the question from customers in Europe,” Cameron said. ” Cameron is reasonably phlegmatic about the likely impact of Brexit, once it happens and businesses start to adapt. He doesn’t like the idea of new tariffs between the U.K. and EU, both in export and import terms, but he’s used to shipping guitars to and from countries outside the EU anyway. “Whatever happens, we will just have to accept it and get on with it,” Cameron said.
However, he added, Brexit has put companies in “no-man’s land. ” “There’s very little in the way of preparation that the government has done for businesses,” he said. ‘” “There’s huge potential for it to affect sales, but that’s dependent on what the deal is,” he said. Voting for chaos I am convinced that the British populace did not vote for this uncertainty.
Every time I see a hardcore Brexiteer insist that people knew what they were voting for when they opted to leave the EU, deep skepticism sets in. We were unwillingly sucked into a discussion about Brexit, so I asked them why they voted for the U.K. to abandon the EU. They weren’t concerned about Wales, a poor region, losing the vast amounts of EU infrastructural funding that it currently receives, because “infrastructure doesn’t necessarily bring jobs. The British Parliament still shows no sign of agreeing on a way forward, and now they get to dither for another half-year at least.
Business owners still face tremendous uncertainty over investments and supply chains that involve the EU, but at least they don’t have to worry about an imminent cliff-edge. And, thankfully, I don’t have to worry about what will happen to my guitar anymore. There’s an empty wall-hanger in my apartment waiting for it, and I very much look forward to playing my band’s Brexit-themed song on it. Indeed, when the guitar finally arrives later this month, part of me is tempted to call it “Brexit.
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