the inhabitants of The County of Kent, Southeast of London were able to follow this week, is a strange spectacle: they were able to watch how the British government tried to organize a jam, and it failed.

The Ministry of transport wanted to test whether it would be possible to repurpose the decommissioned airport in Manston a truck Parking lot. So massive traffic jams are to be avoided at the ferry port of Dover, if it should come after a hard Brexit delays.

Up to 6000 truck on the tarmac of the airport. To appeared the attempt of 89 trucks, but just once. And so the few truck looked a little lost, as she turned on the tarmac of the airport in a line-up. Subsequently, the government organized convoy in the direction of Dover was driving and held on a cordoned-off section of a highway. And that was it.


“to be Quite honest: That was a waste of time,” said one of the drivers who participated in the Test, the “Guardian”. “At least you have done something. But 80 truck, which is from our point of view, not a system test.” The former Chairman of the conservative party, Chris Patten, said in a radio interview, he felt like “Crying”. “On such days, you think to yourself, great Britain must be somewhere a wrong turn.”

to assign Only a day earlier, transport Minister Chris Grayling had to defend his dubious decision-making, a recently-formed company with the establishment of a new ferry service between the British Ramsgate and Ostend, Belgium. Seaborne Freight is received by the government of 13.8 million pounds. However, the company has no vessels, has no experience in the field and has copied their terms and conditions, apparently, of a Pizza delivery service.

a blunder such as this illustrate how hastily the British authorities are currently trying a hard Brexit prepare. Because it is becoming more likely. So it is saved as a almost, that the deputies of the house of Commons next week against the Brexit-divorce agreement on the Prime Minister, Theresa May, a few weeks ago from Brussels, the home has brought. But what then?

The deputies have made in the past few days in several of the votes that they are against a hard Brexit. However, as long as no majority for an alternative plan, to controls the country inexorably on a Brexit, the UK will leave the EU without an agreement. In less than three months.

employees of Jaguar Land Rover, at a site close to Liverpool

bad news from the company

The uncertainty caused by the impasse, increasingly evident in the economy. In 2014 the UK had the fastest growing economy of all G7 countries. Meanwhile, the country occupies the last place. In the fourth quarter of 2018, the growth apparently came fully to a halt. The British economy grew in this period, estimated to be only 0.1 percent.

it is not without consequences:

Jaguar Land Rover , the largest car maker in the country, announced on Thursday, to underline 4500 its in the world around 43,000. Most of the redundancies will there be in the UK. In the past year, the company had already mined 1500 Jobs. Decisive for the new decision were “geopolitical and regulatory interruptions,” said CEO Ralf Speth. By this, he meant vehicles, the decline in the sale of diesel and lower demand in China. In the past, Jaguar Land Rover has warned, however, repeatedly and insistently of the consequences of a hard Brexits and in this context, redundancies are brought into the conversation. Also, the American car maker Ford announced on Thursday redundancies in Europe. Locations in the UK will probably be first of all not strongly affected. Ford of Europe boss Steven Armstrong hinted, however, that in the case of a hard Brexits British plants could be closed. If the Brexit “should go in the wrong direction”, would Ford meet “all the necessary measures,” said Armstrong. The Japanese auto giant Honda wants to stop in April, his entire production in the UK for six days. The group would like to get better with the logistical interruptions clearly, which are to be expected after the Brexit. Not only the automotive industry suffers from the uncertainty that the Brexit. The Department store chain John Lewis warned on Thursday that could expose you to this year for the first Time since 1953, the profit-sharing that you pay your employees. Blame it on a “relatively weak demand”. The retail chain Halfords , which sold, among other things, car accessories and bicycles, had to say for the second Time within a year a profit warning. And the Department store chains Debenhams and Marks & Spencer also reported on Thursday over a massive decline in Christmas sales.

the John Lewis store in London

The bad news of the trade, only the most recent episodes in Britain’s retail crisis are chains. Last year alone, the electronics retailer Maplin, the cheap supermarket chain, pound world and the toys chain Toys R Us UK have disappeared. Thousands of Employees lost their jobs.

Also in the UK, the retail sector is struggling, the business is shifting more and more on the Internet. However, the Brexit reinforced the existing problems. The 15-percent-rate of fall of the British pound since the EU Referendum Were more expensive from abroad. The loss also led to Inflation, which exceeded at times the Three per cent mark. Since wages and salaries are rising in the UK, currently only very slowly, have a lot of British people, therefore, effectively less money in the pocket than a year ago.

In the North of Ireland, reigns of fear

In one part of the country, representatives are looking at the economy of an impending hard Brexit with a particularly large concern in Northern Ireland. The local economy is strong axes in the Republic of Ireland. A hard Brexit, with border and customs controls, would be for the local company, extremely serious consequences. Accordingly bad the mood is.

“We have conducted among our members in a survey. And according to this survey, only six percent of our companies believe that the Brexit will be good for you,” says Stephen Kelly, chief of the industry Association, Manufacturing Northern Ireland, which represents the manufacturing industry in the Region. “More than half believes that he will be bad for business.” Four out of ten companies had already started supplies of raw materials to create, in the case of a hard Brexit no bottlenecks in the production of fear, says Kelly.

“Some of our companies to the point that you have to make decisions,” says Stephen Kelly. “Because of the work protection laws, you have to decide by the end of January, what do you do with your employees. This is especially true for companies that depend on cross-border trade.”

in other words: companies that fear that, after Brexit, part of the business to collapse, could be released soon employees. Some Northern Irish companies have opened offices in the Republic of Ireland, says Kelly. “So you want to make sure that you have the Brexit a continued access to the EU market.”

Sam Yoon has many years of experiences in journalism. He has covered such areas as information technology, science, sports and politics. Yoon can be reached at 82-2-6956-6698.