No-deal planning was entirely scaled back on Monday night after hundreds of civil servants returned to their day jobs from full-time operations centres across the country and it’s understood that Operation Yellowhammer was stood down after the EU granted a three-month extension.
Operation Brock, designed to handle traffic gridlock on the M20 which leads to Kent’s ports of Folkestone and Dover, came into force around 6 am but the plan restricting trucks to 30 mph wasn’t expected to be dismantled until at least Wednesday because of the time required to remove the barriers.
Monday, Downing Street confirmed a £100 million advertising campaign around the 31 October departure date was being put on hold but couldn’t confirm how much of the budget had been used and sources said that despite the changes, no-deal preparations remained in place.
Overall the government has spent at least roughly £2 billion or about £30 per person on no-deal preparations up till now and business grudgingly embraced the extension but mourned the ongoing lack of certainty and many have been forced to shell out thousands of pounds to prepare for no-deal only for there to be another extension.
For countless small firms, extensions are double-edged swords and they may safeguard against the damage of a no-deal Brexit but they additionally lengthen doubt without really eliminating the potential of a no-deal further down the road.
And these firms have been starved of certainty, pounding down the hatches for a possible no-deal that would have crippled almost 40 per cent of its members and all this has done is cause them to quit making business decisions.
They’ve quit hiring staff, they’ve stopped investing and they’ve stopped growing and the UK can’t waver on the edge of Brexit indefinitely as Brexit’s uncertainty proceeds to take its toll on retail businesses and the three million retail jobs that exist today.
This extension doesn’t allow time for complacency and Parliament must pledge to resolve Brexit once and for all. However, firms will be relieved that common sense has prevailed and a damaging no-deal exit has been circumvented this year.
But uncertainty continues to be high, and it’s important this time that the additional time leads to a deal because all politicians must break the gridlock and let the country move on but then the economic evidence must be the guiding light as the UK’s future involvement with the EU develops.
Firms are keen to see commitments to regulatory alignment, frictionless trade and the UK’s all-important services sector, shielding the UK market over the longer duration.
The Tories seem to think they’ve got a money tree in their allotment and if they do believe in this money tree of theirs, at least they could do is use the money where it’s needed and not spend it on things that could have waited.
And this country that used to be great is no longer great and hasn’t been for years and those people that have rose coloured glasses on believe we still rule the world, well we don’t and we need to work together with others to be able to survive and we need to take those rose coloured glasses off and have a proper look at what things are actually like.
What we need is to work with our closest neighbours to be able to get ahead now and to quit spending money and time because we no longer own anything and all our chief industries have been sold off by the Tories.
And they will never leave, democracy has been hijacked, the people have been deceived and the United Kingdom is a laughing stock and we the people have been stabbed in the back.
And speaking as a time served proletariat myself, I too have been stabbed in the back by ten cruel years of a harsh Tory class war waged against us under the semblance of austerity, a concept foreign to the wealthy.
And according to the Prime Minister, it’s costing the country £1 billion a month and Brexit is the Tory’s baby, they hatched the monster, brought it to life and then bred and raised the deformity and they own its entirety and to try and condemn everyone and anyone else for this unfolding tragedy is ridiculous but then they simply want us to walk silently like convicted men to the scaffold, I don’t think so.