US writer Umair Haque says Brexit has turned the UK into an ‘Orwellian’ society

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A POPULAR American writer has dared to lift the veil on what he says are the catastrophic consequences of Brexit, which have turned Britain into an “Orwellian society”, where no one can talk about the subject.

Umair Haque said he had heard of fuel and food shortages on the news and didn’t quite believe it, but asked a friend in London if it was really as bad as it had been described.

She told him, “It’s so bad. I couldn’t get gas or milk today.

Writing on the Medium.com website, Haque asked, “What kind of country is this? A failed state.

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And he said the shortages weren’t just for basics: “It’s food. Electronic. Energy. The British economy is dying, having a series of heart attacks, falling into multiple organ failure.

“The shortages spreading across Britain have one cause. Only nobody can or wants to say it. Person in a position of leadership or power, ie. Brexit.

“Brexit has made Britain a much poorer society. The British can no longer afford to live as before.

“Necessities they once took for granted become luxuries. This is what it means to become a much poorer society – shortages, followed by rising prices, followed by falling incomes, ending in a long depression Britain has become poorer.

Haque said Britons were being told the wreckage of their society and future was about a “supply chain crisis”, which he said was “completely untrue”.

“The cause of the shortages that have spread like wildfire across Britain is that Britain chose to break, unilaterally, suddenly, with its biggest trading partner. Where was he then going to source his basic products – most of which are imported?

“Anyone in their right mind could have foreseen all of this, and many have. Britain imports everything from gas and oil to energy and food. The vast majority of everything it comes from Europe.

“What was leaving the EU going to do? Boris Johnson chose – chose – to leave the EU under difficult conditions, not even being part of its customs regime, its single market.

“He could have chosen otherwise. The consequence was tariffs, paperwork, bureaucracy, bureaucracy.

He said the end result was that Britain couldn’t get what it once took for granted, and warned things were going to get worse: ‘Today it’s milk, gas and oil. ‘energy. Tomorrow is medicine, healthcare and clean water – yes, even the agents used to purify UK water come… from Europe.

“Societies – economies – tend to have certain stores of goods. Warehouses, shipping containers, etc. Maybe about six months to a year.

“It’s no surprise that just at the right time, around nine months later, Britain is starting to experience severe shortages. Again, they won’t leave. They will get worse, because Britain has to import the vast majority of its basic products, and it used to do that from Europe, but now it can’t. At least not fast enough, efficient enough, or in many cases not at all.

Haque said many European companies had simply stopped supplying Britain because they couldn’t make a profit because of tariffs and bureaucracy.

Added to this was a severe labor shortage, including among lorry drivers, who were also once European imports.

“But now many have left, suddenly, because they weren’t allowed to live and work in Britain. Delivery drivers from Europe won’t make the trip to Britain now either, because, well, they end up trapped in their trucks for a week, at backed-up border checkpoints. It is not worth the trouble.

Fruit rotting in the fields with no one to pick it, businesses unable to find enough workers, a healthcare system that “collapses and burns as doctors and nurses pack their bags and leave a xenophobic and hostile country “.

Haque quoted the new German Prime Minister Olaf Schultz, who said: “We worked very hard to convince the British people not to leave the union. Now they have decided differently and hopefully they will deal with the resulting issues.”

He also quoted the Dutch Federation of Trade Unions as saying: “The EU workers we talk to will not be going to the UK on a short-term visa to help the UK out of the crap that they created themselves. Drivers need more than a visa and a payslip.

He said all of Europe knew the cause of Britain’s woes was Brexit, a “banned” view in Britain. Labor’s Sir Keir Starmer refuses to say Brexit is destroying Britain and says he still supports it.

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“The BBC has article after article asking if the ‘supply chain crisis’ has anything to do with Brexit, and one businesswoman even says her interview on shortages has been edited to remove any mention of the Brexit…the Tories who created this mess, of course, dare not mention the word at all,” Haque writes.

All of this made Britain an Orwellian society: “He was the one who said, ‘In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.’

“This is exactly where Britain is today. No one can really see what is right under their nose. Universal deception is the rule by which society operates. Manufactured doubt has created an atmosphere of No one can say the word that needs to be said, and so nothing can be done about it, ensuring the plunge into further ruin.

“Orwell would have laughed sadly at the Britain of today. From his small house in Kentish Town, he might have said something like that. Criticizing Brexit has become a thought crime. Doublespeak now reigns – it’s a ‘supply chain crisis’, not colossal Brexit stupidity… How tragic to see Britain becoming the type of society Orwell warned against .

“There’s a lesson in there somewhere about the persistence of madness and the endurance of ignorance. No one can say the words: Brexit is the lie that seduced and ruined us.

“Orwell has also warned us about what happens to such companies. They die.”

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