The airways are jammed with discussion of the Brexit pantomime. What we seem to be witnessing is a breakdown in our democratic processes that is unparalleled in recent times.
Are we leaving the EU, will it be a soft or a hard landing, and when will it happen? The whole situation is becoming farcical.
Informanagement is part of a larger European business and so we have a real and vested interest in Parliament getting its act together. Industry is vocal in its demand for certainty.
As part of our due diligence in providing up-to-date information for our clients, we review all postings to the gov.uk website. On Wednesday, following the Chancellor’s Spring Statement a significant number of Brexit related posts were made after the usual backup posts to clarify the Chancellor’s speech.
It is interesting to note that all the posts made by the government regarding the steps that we should be taking pre-Brexit, assume a no-deal outcome. And there are a lot of these posts. It must be a nightmare for firms that trade directly with the EU. Not only do they have to cope with variable regulation – dependent on agreements made – they also have to take a hit on exchange rate losses, if they are net importers, as the value of the pound continues to decline against the Euro and other major currencies.
Let’s offer up a collective prayer that parliament gets to it and provides the certainty that business owners require. According to the Brexit clock, there are two weeks left to 29 March 2019, the official withdrawal date. The uncomfortable notion that we are a nation being driven off the white cliffs is becoming far too real. Certainty please, and soon.