By the time the bells rang on the 31st, the Brexit trade agreement that had walked its way through Westminster on Wednesday with some jingoistic bluster and very little else had been formalized and formally rubber-stamped by the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.
“As Prime Minister Boris Johnson crowed about having “taken back control of our money, our borders, our laws and our seas” and having his cake and eating it, the British government was practically waving flags before being accused by the SNP leader in Westminster, Ian Blackford, of nothing more than a “fraud” on the Scottish fisheries issue, one of the central pillars of the debate.
The optimistic but insubstantial promises of future prosperity made by the Brexiters are reminiscent of the outgoing U.S. The approach to strategy by President Donald Trump. Naturally, not much clarity was given after the mid-week discussion, which lasted just over four hours. Presumably, through the work of the proposed ‘Partnership Council’ to oversee the transition and its 20 or so committees, where talks are now starting, this will become clearer again. An unknown is also the price to be paid.
In his “Called to Account” column this week, business editor Ian McConnell did not mince words about what is being passed off as fact, dissecting the comment of the prime minister that the Conservative government had “resolved an issue that has bedeviled our politics for decades.”
“This is nonsense,” he wrote. “What the Johnson government has actually done is to ensure that households and businesses are hit by the very damaging effects of Brexit madness in the years and decades ahead. Mr. Johnson’s highly irritating assertion, while utter nonsense, seems typical of the blinkered view of so many Tory-origin Brexiteers who see things only from their own perspective.”
This week, the “raw anger” among some in the Scottish business sector was evident amid tensions between business and the Scottish government.
The varying degrees of effect the coronavirus has had on industries should be adequately funded, argue sectors such as hospitality, which, in the face of imminent closures, have called for exceptional funding.
Against the context of the deadly epidemic, business voices have generally maintained a low profile, consistently emphasizing that people and wellbeing come first, but some believe their contribution is not recognized.
He thinks Holyrood “has a challenge because much of the business community is concerned that the Scottish government does not trust the business community, Stuart Patrick, executive director of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, said. “The attitude is reaching a degree that is reciprocated.” He said that “there is sometimes a raw frustration at the way business opportunities are rejected in the Scottish debate.
According to Deputy Business Editor Scott Wright, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon, along with vaccinations for the hospitality industry, as signs that tourist life will eventually return include ambitions to rise in Scotland by San Francisco hotel and serviced apartment provider Sonder Hotels.
The business has “big plans to expand its entry into the Scottish market and has secured a contract for its first property in Glasgow, with more Edinburgh locations to follow.”