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How is BREXIT affecting you?
It isn't at all - no change
22%
 22% [ 11 ]
It is - I'm being cautious
12%
 12% [ 6 ]
I am worried about rising costs
10%
 10% [ 5 ]
I'm prepared for rising costs
12%
 12% [ 6 ]
I intend to use my campervan as much as previous years
22%
 22% [ 11 ]
I'll only use my camper when I need to
2%
 2% [ 1 ]
I'm glad I invested in my campervan
14%
 14% [ 7 ]
I plan to buy a campervan this year
0%
 0% [ 0 ]
I may sell my campervan this year
4%
 4% [ 2 ]
Total Votes : 49
 

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PostSubject: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:53 pm

How does our community feel about this? Question

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:03 pm

I was made redundant shortly after the Brexit vote. (I'm calling it really early retirement!) We sold my car to keep the van.
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 4:00 pm

So far has not made a blind bit of difference.

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:09 pm

@BethS wrote:
I was made redundant shortly after the Brexit vote. (I'm calling it really early retirement!) We sold my car to keep the van.

Do you mind me asking if the redundancy was a result of the Brexit vote or was it going to happen anyway?

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:17 pm

@Tallulah wrote:
@BethS wrote:
I was made redundant shortly after the Brexit vote. (I'm calling it really early retirement!) We sold my car to keep the van.

Do you mind me asking if the redundancy was a result of the Brexit vote or was it going to happen anyway?

I was not expecting it, as they'd only just acquired more websites in the software platform I alone specialised in. I thought I'd have too much work on for summer camping. Instead, I got gardening leave. Careful what you wish for!

It was almost like the start of a joke. An Englishman, a Scotsman and an American woman all up for the one remaining job...
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:22 pm

@BethS wrote:
@Tallulah wrote:
@BethS wrote:
I was made redundant shortly after the Brexit vote. (I'm calling it really early retirement!) We sold my car to keep the van.

Do you mind me asking if the redundancy was a result of the Brexit vote or was it going to happen anyway?

I was not expecting it, as they'd only just acquired more websites in the software platform I alone specialised in. I thought I'd have too much work on for summer camping. Instead, I got gardening leave. Careful what you wish for!

It was almost like the start of a joke. An Englishman, a Scotsman and an American woman all up for the one remaining job...

So nothing to do with Brexit then.

Which software platform do you specialise in? (Professional curiosity)

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 5:34 pm

@Tallulah wrote:

So nothing to do with Brexit then.

Which software platform do you specialise in? (Professional curiosity)

It felt like a kick in the teeth, after Brexit already knocked me over. Suddenly my indefinite leave to remain with my British spouse didn't feel all that stable anymore.

I specialised in WordPress (specifically integration with their bespoke internal media and content indexing platform). Now, I specialise in washing dishes and cleaning out the van.

I'm not knocking it, but the timing was crap. Eeyore went in this winter for lots of rusty bodywork, so I didn't get to go home to see my family for the holidays. My pound sterling didn't stretch as far buying my sons' amazon vouchers, thanks to the exchange rate dropping.
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 6:21 pm

Given that we haven't left the EU yet, I wouldn't expect Brexit to be affecting anyone just yet, although there's no doubt that Sterling is weaker which will affect our holiday cash exchange rates.


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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 8:55 pm

None of the above so I guess no change... just very sad and more than slightly ashamed of our Trumpist inward-looking country. I believe in the world as a community who should stand together, not pursue parochial self interest. That is the way to address inequality and mutual ignorance, which is at the heart of conflict. Sorry to be political, but I have strong views on this. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seZMOTGCDag
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Wed Feb 01, 2017 9:25 pm

I'm with you all the way, Pete.

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:04 pm

Brexit...Love it, Love it, Love it...

Worked hard and long hours all my life, and now that i'm starting to enjoy travelling abroad more than ever I've been able to do so before, the Pound has bombed in value!!!

Will it stop us? nope......Rock on Article 50.

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:08 pm

My favorite subject at present, purely and simply because of the potential impact on our business and our 26 Customs clearance staff.

Today, 90% of the freight vehicles arrive/depart the UK via the South East corridor at either the Port of Dover of Eurotunnel.  That equates to 16000 freight vehicles a day with each vehicle carrying between 1 and 80 shipments. All of those shipments are likely to need to be cleared through Customs individually which necessitates a responsible Customs clearance agent (luckily we are one of those!), so happy days you might think, then reality dawns.

I've been in the Customs clearance industry since I started my working life in 1987. Then there were over 130 Customs agencies in Dover providing a free flowing solution to the 1.1 Million European Freight vehicles that came in and out of Dover from mainland Europe. On the 1st January 1993 the borders came down and the vast majority of Customs agents in this area folded with the loss of thousands of jobs, I was one of the lucky ones. I was offered continued employment but my wife Jo lost her job.

Fast forward to today, Customs clearance continues to generate an income for a small number of agents, 15 to be precise. We are one of 5 agents who runs a 24/7 service and I am the only agent operating in two locations. Life's not bad, however, only 5-7% of the vehicles that arrive in the UK have the necessity to stop and clear Customs. Forget 1.1 million vehicles in 1993 , try somewhere between 4 and 5 Million vehicles coming to the UK annually in 2017.  How on earth do we cope?

Simple answer is nobody knows because the neither the Government, HMRC or UKBA thought it would happen.

Earlier I mentioned 16000 freight vehicles a day, there aren't enough Customs agents or Customs officers in the Country today to deal with that amount of volume and senior Westminster officials are being told that as I type. The UK Customs computer is supposedly being upgraded to accept 360 million Customs declarations per year but only time will tell whether it will stand up to those sort of numbers but what remains my main concern is how on earth we can process so many vehicles and freight consignments quick enough to avoid gridlock across the country. 16000 freight vehicles nose to tail equates to 180 miles of vehicles needing processing DAILY !

There is opportunity for my business to increase our staff , do more work and make more money but is there the time? As I've said I have 26 staff I could easily need 70-100 staff , those staff will need a minimum of 6 months training and there is no industry training program available.
My business can't move until we are told what model to follow all I know is that with the current legislation we have it all points to reverting back to a pre 1993 Customs world where everything has to stop and wait.

Forget buy it today,collect it tomorrow...

These are obviously my personal thoughts. Yes in 10 years time I could be a Multi-Millionaire with an office in every port in the Country and 500+ Staff
but from my industry's perspective we are not ready to submit to Article 50

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:23 pm

So with the votes so far, it's 50:50 between 'no change' and 'being cautious.'

I wonder what the outcome of that comparison would have been a year ago!?! Question

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Thu Feb 02, 2017 4:27 pm

@beakyboy sounds like the perfect moment to ask for a pay rise!!! Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Fri Feb 03, 2017 12:18 pm

Tim. I don't understand your comment about comparisons with a year ago. Brexit hasn't happened yet. It looks like it will. Ask us all in 5 years time what the effect has been and see what answers you get then.


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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Fri Feb 03, 2017 3:50 pm

Could it mean that " 94/20EC" (type approved towbars) will lapse and post 2012 Kombis will be able to tow trailers legally?
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Fri Feb 03, 2017 4:35 pm

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Could it mean that " 94/20EC" (type approved towbars) will lapse and post 2012 Kombis will be able to tow trailers legally?

I doubt it. I believe that the initial intention is to transfer all EC-initiated legislation into the UK statute book, and gradually draft new UK laws as appropriate. I don't think towbar standards are going to be very high on their priority list. The devil is always in the detail.
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Sat Feb 04, 2017 10:17 am

I can't see any advantage to Brexit at all, in fact I can only see disadvantages.
52% of the voters were conned by politicians that blatantly lied.
This country is divided at a time when we should be standing together.

I'm planning to use the Kombi just as much as before though and really looking forward to spending some time with in Europe this summer.
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:09 am

It seems  I have 2 years to stockpile enough wine and spirits to last me a further 10 years. I have not bought a bottle of wine or spirits in the UK for the last 20 years and cannot bring myself to pay £7 plus for a bottle of wine.
I also cannot imagine the queues at Channel ports when customs men return making sure you do not have more than 2 litres of wine and one of spirits etc. Maybe having the camper will be an advantage as we can rest in the back and sleep while waiting in the customs queue.
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:30 am

@harryhornet wrote:
I can't see any advantage to Brexit at all, in fact I can only see disadvantages.
52% of the voters were conned by politicians that blatantly lied.
This country is divided at a time when we should be standing together.

I'm planning to use the Kombi just as much as before though and really looking forward to spending some time with in Europe this summer.

You are right, the country is divided, and unfortunately I see no end to that. I really think that the government ought to be seeking an exit package which addressed some of the concerns of the 48%, but it doesn't seem to be happening. There was never a mandate to take us out of the single market and the customs union as well as the EU.
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Sat Feb 04, 2017 11:44 am

@harryhornet wrote:
52% of the voters were conned by politicians that blatantly lied.

It wasn't just the leave campaign that lied, both sides ran campaigns based on lies, scaremongering and false assumptions. They were/are as bad as each other.

@harryhornet wrote:
This country is divided at a time when we should be standing together.

Couldn't agree more. Legal challenges aside, the decision has been made (by the people) and the country needs to stand together to get the best possible outcome, stop arguing amongst themselves about something that happened in the past and look for the positives in the future.

My philosophy: (deleted) happens, deal with it and make the best of what you have. My glass is always half full, never half empty.

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:28 pm

Tallulah, well done you.

I entirely disagree though.

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:56 pm

The only difference this has made to me is having to listen to some so-called educated people presuming that anyone who voted Brexit is a racist. I use the term so-called as they must be fairly un-educated to make that sort of assumption. (Radio 5 yesterday anyone?)
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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Tue Feb 07, 2017 7:57 pm

It's your own fault for listening to Radio 5!

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PostSubject: Re: BREXIT affect   Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:09 pm

@AbsintheKombi wrote:
It's your own fault for listening to Radio 5!

Comes on automatically Martin. At least it's not LBC - now that really is awful.
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