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Right now every business in Great Britain is asking the same question. “How is Brexit going to affect our trade?”

There now seems to be a likelyhood that there will be a future tariff or tax on imports and exports from Great Britain to and from the E.U.

Those organisations, mainly larger ones who have the financial clout will by now have brought in advisors to help with this question. But what about all of the others, the smaller organisations,  what plans and preparations should they make?

Most people now realise that the manufacturing industry in G.B. has been on a steady decline over the last few decades. To survive Brexit, our manufacturing industry must have a chance to reverse this trend before Brexit Day, otherwise it could be unable to cope with the extra burdon placed on it.

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This article is here to hopefully give some generalised and simplistic tips to help those who are still fence-sitting, unsure if they should react now or keep waiting for news. I will use the phrase ‘supplier’ and similar ones, but this applies as much to outlets.


  1. Identify all products, parts or components you source from within the E.U. (Other than those within GB).
  2. Without letting your E.U. source or outlet know, send out feelers to establish if it would be possible to source these items elsewhere*, even if there is a small increase in price, as this could be less than future tax and/or tariff. It may even be cheaper!
  3. At the very first opportunity, i.e. end of contract or agreement, change your supplier to a new one you found with your search.
  4. Look for additional outlets* for your finished products outside of the E.U.
  5. Come Brexit Day, you can sit back and have a little laugh at all of your competition struggling!



  1. Within Great Britain. This will enable British manufacturing to reverse it’s current trend, and gradually grow at a sustainable rate before Brexit Day.Map of Great Britain 1
  2. Within the British Commonwealth. Don’t forget that countries like Canada and Australia would also be additional sources and outlets.British Commonwealth Countries 2
  3. Remainder of continents and non E.U. countries. Remember that places like China, the USA, and Russia would make excellent sources of components, and additional outlets, as each of these markets are larger than the E.U. individually!

I realise that these tips are very basic and simplistic, but I hope that someone gains the incentive to actually do something as a result.

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P.S. The other EU countries to avoid sourcing from are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden.






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There are many differing opinions as to just what effect Brexit will have on trade. The vast majority of these comments are politically biased.

Lets just apply common sense to this quandry.

It is well known that our current membership with the European Union places what are sometimes crippling restrictions to trade. Now lets just take a look at what awaits us when we leave the E.U.

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  • Everybody knows that the cheapest components for industry are manufactured in Asia and the Indian continent.
  • Britain has an excellent reputation for the quality of those products manufactured there.
  • Britain has many experienced workers currently unemployed because of the reduction in British industry.
  • Britain has many factories lying idle.

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Now we link these four together, and what do we get?

Currently, Britain is limited in where trade can be made outside of the EU. Once released from these restrictions, British manufacturers can order and import their components from China, India, Thailand, or wherever they can obtain their requirements from at a much lower price than currently available, and then finish the construction and manufacturing process in Great Britain.

This would help create millions of jobs in industry, and bring the now idle industrial properties back into production.

These items, made in Great Britain, can be made available for sale world wide. The largest markets are the obvious ones, the U.S.A. China and India, not to mention that we would then be able to export to Europe at much lower prices than they are currently! (This could well be one of the fears of the E.U. in their attempts to slow down or set limitations to Brexit)

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This is only my foresite of just how things could develop, if we follow plain logic.

In the end this could return the Great back into Great Britain, as long as Brexit is handled correctly.

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How is British industry going to be able to meet the requirements which will be placed on them as a result of the impending Brexit?

I think everyone realises that the British manufacturing industry is in a sorry state at the moment. If it were asked to deal with an increased workload as things are, then we must accept the fact that it could not be met.British Egg 1

One way to help industry would be to start a “Buy British” campaign now, regardless of what the EU says.

If we start a campaign now, we will be supporting the national manufacturing industry by enabling them to gradually increase their turnover, allowing them to prepare for the forthcoming post Brexit demands without having a last minute panic to handle the increased demand.

I see this as a way we can all show industry that they have the support and encouragement of the British public.

If it should be found that there is not such a post Brexit demand, no harm will be done, as British Industry would have received a boost anyhow. Either way, British Industry would come out the winner.


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Earlier today I visited the Maritime Museum at Greenwich. When I decided to have a cup of tea, I discovered just how much a con the price of tea is in the museum’s cafe.
I looked at the price list, and the only tea listed was “Loose Leaf Tea” priced at £2.60p. This I expected, as I have always argued about the price of food and drink in controlled monopolised locations, so I decided to buy one (reluctantly).
On being served I noticed that all they gave me for my £2.60p was a cardboard cup of water with a little ‘English Tea’ teabag in it, and a minature cup with some milk.
On pointing out that this is definitely not loose leaf tea, I was informed that this was how they always serve it.

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As the catering manager was in a meeting, I managed to talk to the supervisor, who informed me that they had stopped the loose leaf teas, but the price list had not been properly amended.
I pointed out that with ‘Loose Leaf Tea’ there is a higher level of service required than with the use of the much cheaper teabag service, and asked how much the price of a cup of tea will cost in the future. His answer to this was “The price will remain as it is, unchanged”
Thank you Maritime Museum. Next time I’ll being sandwiches and a flask!

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Where have all of the seats gone?

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Have you noticed that in my area (Bethnal Green) for some mysterious reason there has been a mysterious disappearance of seats or benches that the elderly, pregnant and disabled, when walking along Bethnal Green Market, depend on to take a rest.

There is not one public seating place in the whole market.

And while talking of seats, where have all of the public toilets gone to? There isn’t a single WC or urinal throughout the full length of the market!

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There used to be a pay-to-use automated WC located opposite the main branch of Tesco, but even this has been removed.

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The loo that was.

Does Tower Hamlets Council really believe that all of the elderly, pregnant and disabled locals can keep on the go all day without a seat to sit on, and without a loo to use.

Even Iceland have removed the two chairs they had near the exit.

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Iceland, can we have our chairs back. Pretty please.

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I feel sorry for places like McDonald’s, as they have to provide the toilet usage for the whole of the market, although their toilets are meant for customers only.

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I don’t really think much about McDonald’s, but they do provide a toilet facility, which puts them above the local council.

I’m waiting for one of McDonald’s WC’s to be bunged up from overuse. If they’re not already. You never know, one might explode covering the occupant with detritis from the last dozen users.

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Aaaarrrrggghhh! Exploding Loo’s.

So come on Tower Hamlets Council, how about our seats?

Or have you really gone back to the Middle Ages?

End of rant.










Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Just how does the scoring system  work to calculate your entitlement to the Mobility Section of the Personal Independancy Payment benefit?

I was surprised to find that the method of awarding points was angled to ensure that those with real mobility problems could not have a real hope of obtaining this benefit at the enhanced rate.

I am looking at the enhanced level on this benefit as that is the only point whereby a disabled person can apply to obtain access to the Motability Scheme, which is where you need to be to lease a decent mobility scooter, powered wheelchair, or for those with more requirements, a converted vehicle. A lower level (6 points plus) can provide some financial help, but not provide access to the services required for real support.

Let me start by explaining the mobility scoring system for you:

  • There is a maximum uppermost point count of 24.
  • 8 Points will qualify you for the lower rate of payment.
  • You require at least 12 points to receive the enhanced level.
  • 12 Points are dependant on: “Are you able to plan a journey”
  • The remaining 12 points are openly classified as: “Your Mobility”

Therefore, you may be a tetraplegic, but if you can plan your own journey, the first 12 points are unobtainable to you.

As a result of this, there are now only 12 further points available within the system.

As there is no fixed questionaire as to how your disability affects you travelling, or how many points each problem deserves, the remaining 12 point maximum is totally at the discression of the assessor. The assessor may simply consider that being able to turn your head could easily result in the loss of 1 point, which will be enough to ensure that you are unable to achieve the enhanced level of 12!

I can now fully understand why so many people who were on the old Disability Living Allowance, and assessed fairly, were awarded a mobility scooter or adapted car, are now finding that on transferring to the new PIP they are no longer qualified for their vehicle, and end out losing that vital piece of equipment.

Why can’t the mobility section of the benefit relfect the domestic requirements, and be evenly pointed out with specific questions?

Why are a whole 12 points allocated to something minor and as mundane as planning your journey? Allowing the scoring to operate in this way is disasterous to those with major disabilities, but whose minds are still clear,  as they would be unable to obtain access to Motability services.

Most towns now operate accessable transport advice lines, step-free rail maps and so on, so surely there should be some flexibility with regards planning your trip. For a person living in a major city compared with someone living in remote regions, the facilities for route planning varies greatly, and so the point allocation should display this fact.

The very title of this benefit, the Personal Independance Payment, implies that this benefit is supposed to support those who are struggling to live an independant life.

This part of the benefit assessment is titled “Mobility” when half of the points are solely related to do with mental ability. Therefore as an Enhanced Level of PIP is a requirement to give smooth access to other services like Dial-a-Ride, and Taxi Card Schemes, the unfair scoring method could place all of these services out of reach to those in desperate need of them most.

I feel strongly that this method of assessment is totally unfair to those applying for it, and that the assessment method for it’s Mobility section requires review and alteration to ensure that those in need are still able to obtain that support.

On the Government’s own website,  the section on Eligibility for the Mobility section, all it says is:

Mobility difficulties

You may get the mobility part of PIP if you need help going out or moving around.

and nothing further. Check the link yourself.

Note From Mr Bloggy:

As many of my regular readers and friends will know, Although with my spine damaged in 3 points, plus other problems, I applied for this benefit and only received a score of 4 out of 24. I am currently awaiting for a date for my appeal court hearing. This is how I became aware of the unfairness of this benefit.

I realise that there must be tight controls over public finances, it is totally wrong that those in desperate need of help are left in a hopeless state.