COvid rules began to be eased, and the talkative dinner party circuit resurfaced within the Brussels elite. Over the finest wines and hors d’oeuvres, diplomats, power brokers and lobbyists talked about everything—everything except a topic that’s been a top agenda item in the city for years but is now barely discussed. Gaya: The United Kingdom, which has since gone on its dangerous path post-Brexit, leading to shortages of food and fuel.
“Europeans are moving forward,” says Rosa Balfour, Brussels-based Europe director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “The curiosity about British politics that grew around the referendum and in the years that followed is now waning. The UK is not on top of the agenda.”
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“Many Europeans took Brexit in one way or another,” says economist Michael Burda of Berlin’s Humboldt University. “A lot of Europeans had to move back to the continent after Brexit. They feel like, If you’re going to be like that, hell with you. You asked for it, and you got it.”
Burda predicted years ago that Brexit would lead to a supply crunch and a rise in prices, such as those affecting the UK. But it came much faster than he had imagined. “They’re paying the price now,” he says. “Any economist could see it coming.”
Burda says it will get worse, and the others agree. Reinhold Braun, head of German hardware firm Sortimo, explained in an interview with Business Journal WirtschaftsWoche That while his company used to take a week to get parts for its plant in northern England, it now takes up to three weeks and transportation costs have increased three or four times.
“Customers in England will soon pay for it,” Braun told the news outlet.
Burda says he is now wondering whether the same fate will happen to drugs, with supply problems causing health problems for Britain due to a lack of trucking capacity.
Eight months after Brexit, European apathy and apathy towards Britain shows little sign of easing. The negative tone has hit small lorry firms and drivers who are shying away from working in the UK. Strict rules on movement by EU citizens, such as Bulgarians and Romanians who dominate the lower ranks of the lorry industry, have made it even more unattractive.
“Many of them left the UK during Covid, and did not return until after,” says Georgina Wright, director of the Europe program at Institut Montaigne, a Paris-based think-tank. “The lorry drivers are saying, ‘I don’t want to go back. I’m not welcome.'”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government claims similar supply problems are affecting other countries, and perhaps there is a tiny bit of truth to it. The production and transportation slowdown due to the COVID pandemic has contributed to the shortage of items such as semiconductors or bicycles.
But in Paris, Berlin or Rome there are no signs of people scouring grocery stores for supplies, queuing hours at petrol stations or anxious to get chicken for holiday dinner. The freedom of movement and integrated supply chains within the 27-member block of a total of 450 million people have blunted the impact of Covid-related disruptions.
The contrast between how the UK and the EU are coping with any current shortfalls has reinforced Brussels’ argument that there is strength in numbers and scale. Right after Brexit, there was talk of other countries struggling to free themselves from Eurocrats in Brussels. Now it is pressuring countries like Brussels, Hungary and Poland to reform their standards on human rights and the rule of law or exit.
“The British government is particularly motivated by the need to demonstrate that Brexit is a success story,” says Balfour. “The pandemic had helped, because public attention was focused elsewhere and the supply chain was disrupted.”
Experts say that less than a year after Brexit, relations between European capitals and London are also at a much lower level.
Britain’s citizen Wright described a post-Brexit “period of mourning” as London and European capitals wait for the dust from a painful divorce to settle and begin rebuilding relations.
France is angered by the alliance between Britain, the US and Australia, which thwarted Paris’ plan to sell the Canberra submarines. Germany is outraged at the idea that its growing political and economic clout has forced Britain out of the European Union.
When Europeans turn their eyes to Britain, they are confused by the triumphant tone of its leadership and the belief in London that it is still a major world power.
“Many Europeans see what’s happening in the UK and they don’t understand,” says Wright. “They see a government talking about a new dawn. But when they look at the facts they see empty shelves.
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