According to the Guinness Book of Records, the longest time a person has held their breath, and has lived to tell the tale, was an incredible 24 minutes and 3 seconds.
This act of voluntary and conscious sleep apnoea resonates with the UK’s present faltering steps towards separation from the EU. We are all holding our collective breath waiting to see what the politicians come up with next.
The process has been drawn out and I’m sure readers will be as dismayed as me by the continuing displays of brinkmanship from both sides of the Brexit debate?
As I’ve posted previously, our elected representatives appear to be content to play with our economic well-being and, of course, it will be left to hard-pressed business owners to cope with whatever version of separation is finally agreed.
Unlike Aleix Vendrell, the Spanish, professional freediver, who set the above record, many small and medium sized businesses that will see their supply lines challenged and prices increase, may not survive the sharp intake of breath that follows the likely disruption later this year.
Perhaps we should practice? If you advise businesses no doubt you offer this service: supporting clients who already trade with the EU, or that have customers who may be adversely affected by Brexit?
And there is no doubt that Aleix would have trained for months to achieve his remarkable record.
Fingers crossed that we will survive to take our first, post-Brexit breath. Not sure that our achievement will be posted in the Guinness Book of Records though.