I think if business has to absorb 20 billion a year in additional costs, this is likely to get passed onto the consumers, which I am sure would not make them happy.
UK is very expensive and some costs food for example have crept up 12-15% since Brexit announcement and clearly wages have not. House prices and rents up, living costs up and now a reported potential £20 billion in costs added to businesses, which will not help keeping pennies in peoples pockets.
People are happy when they can afford to feed themselves and keep a roof over their heads. Brexit or no Brexit, continually increasing living costs above people's salary will exacerbate matters financially for those not 'well off' - currently there is nothing positive showing from the Brexit, perhaps in the far-off future when all settles down and deals done, we'll know then. Currently, UK is worse off - people will argue it's about the future - which is fair enough - ironically they believe over 90% of those who are now old enough to vote (not at the time) would have voted remain - but it was not their time. That is 2 million unhappy teenagers (yes I know, they are always unhappy)
I think by the time they get to the end of this, it will be Brexit in name only as clearly everyone seems to be scrabbling around promising different things with time marching on and we've been told it is simply not possible to execute all the deals in given time frame.
I'm glad i'm in Spain - as far as I can see the only thing the Brexit has brought so far - is families and friends (and forum members) arguing amongst themselves, a devaluation of the pound pushing up costs in UK & a jump in racism and knife crime - as the racists seem to have a voice as they were first in line to 'protect the borders'. Personally, I can't see why anyone would want to stay?
Brexit affecting Spanish trade.
https://elpais.com/elpais/2018/05/18/in ... 85859.html
Up until now, British tourism to Spain has been largely unaffected by the United Kingdom’s upcoming exit from the European Union. But the same cannot be said for the sale of Spanish goods. According to a report by the Bank of Spain published on Thursday, the strong, consecutive growth of Spanish exports to the UK came to a halt in 2017 after five years of progress.
The report found that sales of Spanish goods to Britain fell by 6% last year, as uncertainty over Brexit caused the pound to retreat against the euro. At the same time, Spanish exports to the European Union rose by 8%. In other words,