Saturday 13 February 2021

The marriage of true minds

Meanwhile, over on the BBC News Channel's Dateline London Shaun Ley promised us they'd be discussing "business blues over Brexit", and the programme didn't disappoint on that front. 

This was his introduction:

If you are watching anywhere in the world, have you eaten Cornish sole? If you live in continental Europe you'll know it as Megrim sole. Renaming is the fishing industry's response to trading obstacles encountered since Brexit. Nor is it just exports to the EU. Consumers in Northern Ireland can no longer buy some products produced elsewhere in the UK. And financial services are also being affected. The Governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, warned this week there were signs the EU it was going to cut the UK off from trading shares on the continent where, before Brexit, the City of London did 40% of its share trading business. That has now been overtaken by Amsterdam. Stefanie Bolzen, we have the same standards as the European Union because we have only just ended the transition a matter of weeks ago. What's gone wrong? 

Stefanie Bolzen and Steve Richards, both unsympathetic towards Brexit, then piled on the agony, along with the BBC's Clive Myrie (though Clive mainly stuck to criticising the Johnson government for not warning the public how bad it would be).

They all kept saying that they agreed with each other too, so it was all a bit relentless. 

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