The infamous planning papers have been released today. Well, 25 of them have. Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab confirmed the release of papers that advise on safeguards for the nuclear industry, state aid rules, and provides guidance for businesses who will face extra paperwork when moving products across the border.
One of the stories the papers has picked up on, is the possibility of Britons facing extra credit card charges when in the EU. The papers explain that the cost of card payments between the EU and UK will “likely increase” – which is of course, causing a meltdown online. Is this the best they have?
The documents also outline that businesses trading with the EU should start planning for new customs checks (which is fair and to be expected), low-value parcels coming to the UK from the EU won’t be VAT-free, and we’ll have to replace the picture warnings on cigarette packets because the EU owns the copyright on the current ones.
Well, that’s a relief. I was getting bored of the images of a baby smoking a cigarette, and a man crying on his bed because smoking stopped his men’s parts from working. I mean, come ON, is this all they have?
One thing did stand out to me, though – and that’s the claim that Britons who live in the European Union would lose access to their UK banks and pension services, unless the EU acts. So let’s pretend we’re a Remainer for a moment, and assume that leaving the EU means that Brussels won’t act on this issue, and will stop pensioners living in Europe from accessing their bank and pension.
That would make those in charge pretty nasty, vengeful people, wouldn’t it? I mean, jeez, why did we ever join a union with these monsters in the first place?
Give it a rest. The EU might be wicked and terrible, but if Barnier, Merkel and co want to maintain their union, they’re not going to deny British pensioners access to their money. Can you imagine the PR crisis they’d have on their hands if old British retirees were out on the streets begging?
Other parts of the documents suggest that there won’t be any need for hospitals, GPs or pharmacies to stockpile medicine, as pharmaceutical companies should have six week supplies ready in case there are queues at the border. So that’s another scare done away with. I suspect that this might be one of the things recently changed in the documents. I explained previously that after the government’s plan to scare people witless was revealed, changes started to be made to make the documents more “realistic.”
So let’s break this down:
- New medicines will need UK approval. Sounds easy enough.
- Credit card costs will increase. Big whoop.
- Businesses should start planning for new customs checks. Well, obviously.
- Britons in the EU could lose access to pensions. No, they won’t.
- We’ll need new nuclear safeguards. Sounds doable.
- We’ll get some lovely new graphic images on our cigarette packets.
Reading these documents and contrasting it with the fearmongering of the press is a great exercise in learning how the establishment controls us. They’ll scare us into thinking cancer patients will die, there won’t be enough drugs, and that we might even run out of sandwiches. Perhaps the most ludicrous of all, is the claim by a spokesman for the Best for Britain campaign. Speaking to Politics Home, the spokesman explained how a No Deal Brexit could mean heartache for couples, owing to a shortage of sperm in commercial sperm banks.
They do all of this without any shame whatsoever. In fact, I think many of them are so deluded they think they’re doing the right thing.