The effects on the economy caused by the constant restrictions due to the Covid 19 pandemic are more feared by British businessmen than Brexit.
Since the 1st of January, the UK’s exit from the European Union became effective, once the transition period ended. In December, London and Brussels reached an agreement, in an understanding that is still subject to debate but also to suspicion.
What is certain is that it is too early to say whether something positive has come out of this divorce between the two parties, as a result of the 2016 Referendum.
On the positive side, little or nothing can still be seen, but on the negative side there are already a number of situations that do not benefit anyone, especially the British side.
The port of Dover has been, since the beginning of the year, the scene of huge lines of trucks that intend to continue their journey to European space but, with the end of the application of the Schengen Agreement in the United Kingdom, the reality is now quite different, as these important means of transporting goods will have to stop at the border for everything to be declared.
Borders aside, on British soil, businessmen are still looking forward to seeing where Brexit will take them. For now, as David Griffiths, manager of JPS Autocentre, in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, says, the only certainty is that some prices will increase and even shorten in some cases.
“We may have some problems in terms of the supply of German parts, and that is our main concern since the majority of the cars we have in the UK are of German manufacture. With regard to French parts, the situation is not so worrying, since they are manufactured in several countries and not only in France. “
David Griffiths believes that the effects of the Covid 19 pandemic are far more worrying than the new reality called Brexit.
“To be honest, the pandemic has been extremely damaging to the business, more than, I think, Brexit will be, for two reasons: first, customers do not know if we are open and many even think we are closed. Second, there was a lot of confusion compared to last year’s MOT’s, in which the deadline was extended by 3 months due to the lockdown. The extension was given to all drivers, when it should have been given only to workers who were forced to stay at home. As a result, many vehicles were circulating with no security conditions, with insurance companies refusing to pay claims. Another negative situation was the fact that we had a lot of trouble here getting all the cars for MOT when the first lockdown ended.”