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The benefits of Brexit keep flooding in!

September 8, 2021 1:33 PM

fc20 (Photo by Scott Rodgerson on Unsplash)Issues with supply chains continue to grow

First it was relatively unimportant things like chicken for Nandos or McDonalds milk shakes

Last week it got more serious as non-urgent blood tests were cancelled for lack of the glass containers to hold the blood

Now he government has given polluters the green light to dump risky sewage that has not been properly cleaned into rivers and the sea as Brexit and Covid disrupt normal treatment as

water treatment chemicals face supply chain disruption at ports blamed primarily on Britain's departure from the EU.

Rolling shortages have hit different parts of the UK economy since the government took the country out of EU's customs union and single market - imposing new border bureaucracy on importers and exporters.

The ending of free movement and the creation of new red tape on doing business with Britain's largest trading partner has also exacerbated a shortage of lorry drivers, with the logistical nightmare compounded by coronavirus.

The Environment Agency said: "Normally, you need a permit under the Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2016 to discharge treated effluent from a waste water treatment works (WwTW) to surface water or groundwater. Permits contain conditions that control the quality of the effluent you can discharge.

"You may not be able to comply with your permit if you cannot get the chemicals you use to treat the effluent you discharge because of the UK's new relationship with the EU, coronavirus (COVID-19), [or] other unavoidable supply chain failures, for example the failure of a treatment chemical supplier.

"If you follow the conditions in this regulatory position statement (RPS) you can discharge effluent without meeting the conditions in your permit. You must get written agreement from your Environment Agency water company account manager before you use this RPS."

With new checks and restrictions due on some food imports from the EU in the next month the government risks further shortages as a consequence

Much of the supply chain issues follow from the ideological decision to not only leave the EU but also to withdraw from the single market which has required all these additional checks and supply delays. Countries like Norway who are not in the EU have chosen to become part of the single market because it helps their businesses trade with the EU. If we were part of the market the big issues around the controversial Northern Ireland Protocol would also disappear

It doesn't smell like everything is coming up roses!