Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Brexit: and rationing Mars bars

Back in November, the spectre of having to do without an icon of British culture was raised:
No Deal Brexit: Mars Bars could become EXTINCT if Britain crashes out of EU | Daily Star
Brexit chaos could see Britain run out of Mars bars within two WEEKS - Mirror Online
Brexit: What could happen in a no deal | Theresa May plan

That on top of them getting smaller:
Brexit Will Cause 200 Products Including Mars Bars, Maltesers To Shrink

And now the bookies are saying the odds are now stacked against the Mars bar:

Brexit chaos summed up by depressing betting odds of goods that could be harder to find

The politicians keep telling the public to trust them - but now some voters are gambling on the calamity they fear could be heading their way.

news.com.auJANUARY 24, 2019
Brits are being bombarded with competing and conflicting messages about Brexit, but there is one dubious campaign many seem prepared to back.
Bookies are taking bets on what basic items the government will have to ration first in 2019. The depressing market gives punters a stack of options to choose from - from fuel and bread, to wine and champagne.
Fuel was being offered at the shortest odds at 4/1, with chicken at the other end of the scale at 66/1. Mars bars have odds of 150/1 - the popular chocolate has been often used as an example of what could be lost from British supermarket shelves if a no-deal Brexit interrupts products supply chains.
What will or won’t be available has been something the British public have been considering for some time. Pro-Brexit supporters accuse Remainers of carrying out a fear campaign, while those who want to stay in the European Union - or at least want to maintain close ties with it - insist Leavers have played down the implications of a no-deal departure.
“The concept of rationing is something most UK residents are lucky enough to have only read about in history lessons, but the past may well become the present if a favourable Brexit deal isn’t reached in the coming weeks,” Oddschecker spokesman George Elek said.

“Maybe (pro-Brexit MP) Jacob Rees-Mogg would change his stance if he found out he won’t be able to dip his Focaccia into some Extra Virgin Olive Oil as he pleases should the country continue down this path.”
Last week, a treasury minister was photographed leaving a high-level government meeting holding a note bearing the words “no food”.
Mel Stride, the MP photographed holding the worrying note, insisted the list was “entirely accidental” and were simply things recently raised in the media.

Brexit: Betting agencies offer odds on goods UK Government will ration

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