Brexit and pandemic, the United Kingdom grants more than 10 thousand temporary visas for lack of manpower. Emergency for the lack of CO2
Boris Johnson is dealing with the bitter evidence that the Great Britain needs European immigrants, in spite of the Brexit which closed the borders. With a U-turn on the post-brexit negotiated by the Tory more uncompromising, the Johnson government has announced it will grant up to 10,500 temporary visas to European workers, of which 5 thousand to drivers of heavy vehicles for the transport of fuel e foodstuffs and 5,500 personnel in thepoultry farming. The decision emerged after two days of ’emergency conclave’ a Downing Street, where the Johnson cabinet had to face the crisis that is overwhelming various productive sectors due to the worrying lack of manpower, starting with truckers. AND 100 thousand are needed.
Temporary visas they will be valid for three months, from October until Christmas Eve, to ensure the distribution of goods and services in the months when the supply of supplies to consumers is particularly under pressure. The British Christmas is therefore saved, but what will happen next? “It takes a lot more than a temporary relaxation of immigration rules, I’m not sure many workers will want to go in UK“, He told theObserver Marco Digioia, president of the European Truckers’ Association. The British Chamber of Commerce defines Johnson’s new temporary visas as “A thimble of water thrown on a fire”, while the Minister of Transport Grant Shapps he stressed that the government is introducing a package of measures that includes the doubling of driving licenses, simplification of exams, and an internship program with wage increases to workers.
The ‘PandExit’ disaster
Johnson seems to have no escape in opting for the most indigestible solution to the Tory brexites, in the face of queues of motorists that these days are attacking the petrol pumps in the country. The siege began after the colossus BP had to close around 100 of its 1,200 petrol and diesel service stations, ExxonMobil has announced disruptions in 200 of its distributors, e EG group has decided on rationing in its 400 service stations where supplies have been limited to 35 euros of petrol per consumer.
“Don’t panic, there’s no need why we have reservations. Stock up as usual “: the last time Prime Minister Boris Johnson had addressed his people in these terms was at the beginning of the pandemic and in a few hours the supermarket shelves would have been completely emptied of toilet paper. And so Johnson’s new appeals also fell into the deaf ears of the British. Queues and chaos at petrol stations as well as empty shelves in supermarkets symbolize the moment of profound difficulty that the United Kingdom is experiencing due to what we could call ‘PandExit’. The mix of the pandemic and Brexit is making entry into the country – as well as the distribution of essential goods – a complex affair. Under threat are the supplies of fuel but also of food, so much so that prices are rising rapidly and, according to a survey by the National Statistics Office (Ons), one in six Britons can no longer find essential products in supermarkets.
But hadn’t the UK chosen to be independent thanks to Brexit?
“We do not want depend on foreign labor and we have a long-term plan to train UK professionals who will enjoy higher wages. Brexit gives us the flexibility to make our own rules and produce temporary visas in the short term ”, declared the minister Shapps at the Bbc noting that the fuel problem will be solved with 300 new entry permits for truck drivers dedicated only to transporting petrol and if the British will be responsible and only refuel the fuel they need. “Having left theEuropean Union it also gives us a lot of freedom to expand the number of driving licenses because we could not make these changes if we were still bound by European directives – continued the minister – We do not want to be in the situation where the solution is always to import foreign workers and now we are training workers on site who may have higher wages, which is why we are reluctant to import labor. Moreover, in October it will end the layoffs and many Brits will be able to be employed in the professions they need most ”.
Short of truckers, food and… carbon dioxide
If not the arm wrestling with the productive categories who have long been calling for the relaxation of post-Brexit immigration regulations to take advantage of cheaper labor, perhaps the Tories were leveraged by the warnings of the Bank of England which highlighted that there are signs that the crisis in the distribution chains is beginning to hinder the economic recovery, so much so that growth forecasts for the third quarter of the year they were downgraded 1%. By the end of the year, the Bank of England also predicted a jump in inflation rate above 4% due tosoaring in the cost of energy. The company Green e Euro, which supply 835,000 homes, collapsed due to the quadruple the wholesale price of gas (+ 70% only since August, according to Oil & Gas UK) which cannot be passed on to consumers due to spending ceilings. Following this month was the bankruptcy of 4 other energy companies, in a bowling effect that is affecting 7 million users. The ones who pay the most are the nursing homes, many of which have requested government intervention because the 100% increase in energy bills threatens the closure of many senior facilities this winter.
But among the most surreal consequences of the increase in the price of energy is the CO2 crisis: The Johnson government vying to produce higher levels of carbon dioxide and prices that have shot up from £ 200 to £ 1,000 a ton. We think not only of sodas, but also at tight where cucumbers grow (ubiquitous on English tables),food packaging such as meats or baked goods in supermarkets, or even ai systems for stunning animals for slaughter before being killed, and finally al transport of fresh products using dry ice. Carbon dioxide is necessary for all these fundamental functions, so much so that the British government had to take the field to restart, at the expense of taxpayers, the operations of one of the CF Industries which produce fertilizers and carbon dioxide as a by-product. Energy costs had forced CF to shut down, leaving the food sector with a 60% CO2 supply dry. From emergency to emergency, in the shadow of the pandemic, the Brexit puzzle is starting to come together little by little, giving the image of a nation in a state of alert that still does not know if Brexit and all the inconveniences it is causing are really worth the penalty.