UK Citizens Preparing for the Worst with Brexit Date Approaching

Do you remember when just about everything we heard or saw on the news was connected to Brexit?

That was in the summer of 2016 immediately following a referendum. United Kingdom citizens voted to withdraw from the European Union (EU).

The UK had joined what was then called the European Communities in 1973. Before too long, politicians on the left were calling for withdrawal from the EU. More recently, politicians on the right wanted out.

The UK’s official departure date from the EU is March 29, 2019. This break from the EU has been termed Brexit, meaning “British exit.”

Most Predictions Are Negative

Now, there are many opinions regarding how Brexit will influence the UK’s economy.

Most economists believe the effect will be negative. They predict it will reduce the UK’s per capita income. If not immediately, at least in the long run.

These economists say that the effects will be influenced by whether the exit is “hard” or “soft.”

“Hard Brexit” refers to the UK leaving the EU without any deals (such as trade deals) in place. “Soft Brexit” means maintaining some deals.

Prepping Like Never Before

It may be years before anyone learns the true impact of Brexit. But in the short term, ordinary citizens are feeling the impact. And some of them have decided to prepare for the worst.

Like people in the path of a hurricane, UK citizens are getting ready for a potential Brexit storm that is only a few months away.

According to the New York Times, many people fear the chaos that could come in March. So they are stockpiling supplies like never before.

They’re planting crops in their gardens and storing non-perishable food. They’re stocking up on medicines and getting rain-purifying equipment. All in case a British “no-deal” departure from the EU disrupts the supply chain.

Britain Dependent on Imports

This is hardly a “sky is falling” paranoia. Britain imports approximately 33 percent of its food from the European Union. Overall, it produces less than one-half of its food.

Many UK businesses, including grocery stores, rely on the very food supply chains that could face problems.

Those problems would result from the checks that would be imposed on the thousands of trucks that cross the English Channel every day.

Without some kind of deal in place, there could be gridlocks at ports. And trucks stuck on highways with food spoiling inside.

And that would mean empty store and pharmacy shelves. Not to mention factories shutting down and energy problems.

A Time to Worry?

One UK resident told the New York Times that people are now talking about the rationing that went on during World War II.

And about the blackouts that occurred during the 1970s and how power was being rationed. “This has the potential of being a combination of the two,” the resident said.

The UK’s National Farmers’ Union said that Britain could run out of food by this time next year if it can’t maintain the flow of goods.

The British government is saying there is nothing to worry about. But for the first time since the 1950s, England has a minister responsible for food supplies. And there have been advertisements for emergency planning jobs.

Banding Together to Plan

Some of the 48 percent of the folks who voted against Brexit have formed a Facebook group to help people prepare for a potential crisis.

Others are reading a leaflet being circulated. It’s titled “Getting Ready Together,” and it’s describing what could happen if a last minute deal isn’t struck with the EU.

In online forums, they are discussing what to eat in a “trade-less” Britain. Plus how to save before the pound crashes. And how to stay warm when energy supplies are gone.

Among the supplies residents are stockpiling are non-perishable foods and drinking water. Plus flashlights, battery-power radios and solar-powered phone chargers. Sound familiar?

Set a Preparedness Date

Most of us prepare for an uncertain future, just in case we face an emergency someday.

In the UK, these folks are prepping because they KNOW there’s a potential crisis right around the corner. In fact, they know the EXACT DATE (March 29) that it could occur.

Perhaps that’s the approach we should take. Maybe we should assume something big is going to happen on, say, January 1st. And then get ready for it.

The crisis that hits us might occur sooner than that or shortly after that. Who knows?

But by setting a preparation date for ourselves, we’re more likely to take action now than if we think an emergency “might” occur “someday.” And that preparation just might save our lives.

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