Even the Brexiteers’ Brexit plan will cost around £20bn

...which, by the way, is double what we paid into the EU budget in the first place.

Ever since Boris Johnson said Theresa May's Brexit plan was 'crazy', politicians have been dividing into camps over how to solve the problem of the movement of goods, services, and people across the border after Brexit.

What it means: Next month, the House of Commons is supposed to vote on the model the UK will put forward to the EU for how to make this happen.

Brexiteers have this idea they're calling 'max fac', which is supposed to be a super streamlined way of Britain managing its own border system, with 'new technology' which no-one's yet really defined.

But Jon Thompson, who runs HMRC, says that from what we know so far, this model seems totally unaffordable. It'd add a cost of £32.50 to each and every customs declaration, plus another £4-7bn worth of form-filling bureaucracy, which totals about £20bn in extra costs to business... which, incidentally, is double the budget we were paying into the EU in the first place.

Honestly, when politicians start saying things like "between 4 and 7 BILLION pounds" (if only we could have a £3bn 'give or take' window in our budgets...) it becomes next to impossible to make sense of where they're plucking these numbers from.

What's for certain though is that this news puts a serious downer on the Brexiteers' chances of convincing the House of Commons that theirs is the most efficient way forward for Brexit, considering its the MPs who'll have to break the news to constituents that they're adding a pretty big chunk of money to their operating costs.

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  • RW

    Your right to a degree. You mentioned “the wandering Jew”.

    I elaborate that the Jewish people, historically have tended to migrate almost exclusively to locations that are economically and culturally vibrant already. I would speculate that Jews have thrived in these places and have often improved the bounds of their economies and knowledge base.

    You can also ask; how many massive entertainment conglomerates, Nobel winners or billionaires has Isreal developed? If Jews are so capable, why isn’t Tel Aviv the Rome of our time?

    Jews are successful because they value education, maintain a strong social cohesive, they actively monitor and have a good sense for Zeitgeist wherever they are and they carefully choose the places they settle and congregate themselves heavily in these choice locations.

    But most importantly (haulocaust increased the importance of this aspect), they actually designed their culture for success. They not only attend Harvard, they use what they learned to better the group as a whole. With as much, they studied intricate networking systems, adapted to it and in many cases improved upon them. (See how Japan acquired Aegis warships and made them better).

    Of course there is nothing wrong with any of this. It’s when you elaborately gain disproportionate power in any society where you would stand out, you must take care when attempting to make a society better (Civil Rights movement) and rewriting that society all together (mass immigration). Ask blacks in China, Mexico, Philippines or India how much opportunity they have? Go to businesses owned by their American diaspora and see how many blacks they hire. Go to Silicon Valley and see how many East or South Asian tech workers wish they could work with more black people. California might work as a state, but as a nation, I think your rolling the nuclear dice here. I hope we can succeed as a tolerant pluralistic superpower but at this stage in human societal development, it’s a pipe dream.

    And if Jews really are the icon for success, they would see that fundamental human successes happen over generations. Just look at the rest of the planet? Are we ready?