There is a new expression that is gaining traction as the Brexit saga lurches towards its uncertain future. It assumes that not knowing something is as damaging as knowing something that you perceive is actually damaging.
In the context of Brexit, uncertainty usually refers to the will we won’t we be leaving the EU, and if we do, will there be a negotiated (and hopefully smooth) transition or will we simply exit with no-deal?
Depending on who you are drawn to believe on these issues, will determine your state of mind: blissfully unconcerned or nails bitten down to the quick.
At least we can keep abreast of changes as there seems to be little else on the news these days. Goings-on at parliament are assuming cult status, ranking with soaps as the go-to place for entertainment.
Unfortunately, we could be approaching a saturation point, a place where we need relief for uncertainty even if this means we condone acts that we have spent the last two and a half years resisting.
Certainty, of this variety – deal or no-deal and ignore the consequences – is a form of desperation: we are out of pain killers, please pull out the tooth.
One thing that is certain is that everything changes.
A present cure for uncertainty could be to invest in basic health care, perhaps have the tooth filled? In a business context, perhaps we should be striving to improve business fitness and get practical advice on actions to take to cauterise a no-deal outcome. The UK accounting profession can play a positive role in this regard.
Certainly, at Informanagement, we continue to update news-feeds with the latest utterances by government on these issues, and whilst these may not remove uncertainty, they at least point to practical matters that we can act on to be prepared; for whatever the outcome may be.