A CHRISTMAS BREXIT TALE, PART IV

by Hannah Rose

Later that night after Aleksander and his father had eaten too much food and watched a few films, and when Aleksander was asleep on the sofa, his father switched on the tablet and opened his emails. One was from his boss, the ops manager, and had an attachment. Do I need to read this now? He thought. Better to know what that tool has to say now, than worry about it all night. The email read:

Antoni,

following our conversation yesterday, I attach the following updated excerpt from the Brexit Impact Assessments which the Prime Minister herself has worked tirelessly to put into the public domain for the benefit of the British people. It’s in excruciating detail. I think you’ll see why it’s essential that you get yourself on site asap and finish what you agreed to finish. You have one week.

Merry Christmas

Tim, Ops Manager – London Hotels Ltd.

 

The attachment was from the Impact Assessment: Employment and Social Affairs: Facts and Figures, featuring the interview with hotel company CEO, curiously edited.

London will be on its knees if current relations between the EU-27 and the United Kingdom do not repair themselves before Brexit 2019. This is partly down to mis-communication and rumour-spreading between EU traders, particularly those in the building trade, and British building firms. Despite our efforts to communicate job security and continue to offer good employment incentives, a significant number of EU traders have broken their contracts and returned home leaving many sites in a state of disrepair. This will likely damage international relations, particularly with the Arab states which are financing the city’s building trade. The effects of this will be manifold—on the people of London. Bankruptcy for smaller firms, people out of work and many academy schools will face financial hardships since their revenue relies on selling their land. It’s the young people of London who will suffer in the long run. Brexit has the potential to free London from the EU, push trade up and attract the highest skilled European traders, but only if the highest skilled EU traders put their energies into supporting the current trade network. Potentially, Brexit could be a win-win for all.

That night, Aleksander’s father lay awake. He had the weight of the world on his shoulders. His son’s education was the most important thing to him—it was the deal breaker which took them to England. I must go on site tomorrow, he thought. Alek can come too, he’ll enjoy seeing all the machinery and watching me work. It’ll be a Boxing Day to remember. He eventually fell asleep to the sound of far away fireworks popping over the Thames.

*

The PM and her husband sat down for Christmas lunch together at 2pm as they always did. “Tatty, you’ve done a wonderful job as PM this year,” her husband said.

“Thank you my dear, it hasn’t been easy. That election was never my idea in the first place.  I’ve had Jeremy on my case the entire year thinking he’s got the upper hand, and what an array of ill-fitting jumpers that man has!” The PM leaned over the tender joint of beef on the table and scored the flesh with her knife, tiny trace of blood on the blade.

“My toast for 2017 is to strong and stable leadership and getting on with the job.” Her husband raised his glass of champagne to his wife.

“To getting on with the job!” the PM chimed.

 

 

to be continued…

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