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  1. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Well it won’t be ups doing much shifting, certainly if their services to the EU are anything to go by. Due to brexit ups are continuously suspending their parcel service to Eu countries. The severe delays have caused their services to become unusable so the only way to send parcels with ups is to pay through the nose for their air service. Whilst ups are not the only courier to find themselves in this situation due to brexit, parcels posted in January have still to reach their destinations in France, Germany, Spain and Portugal.
  2. Steve Shovlar

    'the Donald' Trump

    Trump is finished. He has no voice anymore once Twitter and FB blocked him. He will be a distraction for GOP voters but no longer a serious threat. He can’t get his voice out there anymore! Foxnews will keep promoting him but their audience share has collapsed since the election. His long term legacy will be one of deaths, racism, nationalism and the huge damage he did to USA on the world stage. Without the slightest doubt the worst President in the history of the USA.
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    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    Very few now do. The carnage it has caused is there for all to see. The lies have been exposed. Only those who read the Express, Telegraph and Mail still hope there’s some small benefit, which in all honesty has yet to reveal itself and realistically never will.
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    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    Got the side effects of the Astra Zeneca vaccine today. Feel rough flu like symptoms which I was warned about. Know it won’t get worse than I am feeling now and my body is doing it’s job. Can’t actually believe there are COVIDIOTS on here spewing bollocks. This is a genuine risk of life to so many, yet some dismiss it as nothing. Guess it’s the same people who believe in brexit, flat earth, the Royals are lizard people and Trump won the US election.
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    Covid-19 Are we being told the truth ?

    Just had the jab this afternoon at Bath and West Showground at Shepton Mallet. Was a 4 week wait for local vaccine at the BIC in Bournemouth so I booked in on Wednesday, drive the 90 mins and all done. Second jab booked in at end of May locally. All very easy and great news for me that in 3 weeks I will have good protection. Managed to get my 17 year old daughter n]booked in for next week. Probably the only kid in her school to have the jab. She said she isn’t going to tell her friends she has had it. Reason is mum is high risk and doesn’t want daughter bringing it into the house.
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    Championship League Predictions

    I hope some of the racing makes up for the lack of overall quality. Just had a browse at the teams. All a bit of a mish mash. Poole clearly stand out as the team to beat as expected. Can’t see why anyone rates the budgies. Other than Eddie they don’t look that good, though it will be great fun reviving the rivalry and picking up our usual win at Arlington. Leicester look ok but it’s gate and go. Just have to get to the first bend leading and it’s all over. More passing on The Bidding Room. The rest? Nothing to see. By the way I see the name Paul Hurry in the Kent side. Is that old ex rider Paul Hurry’s son? If not.....hahaha.. As for Plymouth, having two old riders in Bjarne and Crump might get the crowd in for a few meetings but when they are trailing at the back that novelty will soon wear off. Still, this has to be better than last year.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    You are lying. Clearly. My business sends 50 parcels a week to amongst others France, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal. All couriers and all EU countries are suffering severe delays of up to 8 weeks. Guess you won’t work for me as it would affect your universal credit. Can’t lose that, eh? Or are you afraid of graft? In fact I take it back. Not worthy of working for me. I would never employ a brexiteer which has helped wreck our nation. Stay on the dole mosh.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    That is frankly the most ridiculous of replies. So because some businesses are not affected, to hell with the hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs and companies that have been running for generations folding due to brexit. If you came and worked for me for one week you would see all the implications of brexit. They are far, far worse than I would have originally envisaged. Like the 8 week delays as standard today for a parcel to go from U.K. to France. 3 days in December. Like the way duty is applied to every single item exported to the EU. Like the way customs blocks parcels for no apparent reason. Like 6 weeks before a rejected parcel is returned. It is virtually impossible to currently trade with our closest neighbours. I know this as it’s my job. It’s what I do. It like, brexiteers actually want our country to fail. They want to see us slip well behind the prosperity of the EU. From 5th largest economy to somewhere between Romania and Botswana. And brexiteers joy in that prospect. Because brexit will not bring any of the prosper mightily bull crap of this country's worst PM ever. Alas! And how I laughed when Johnson announced Frost into a full cabinet roll. Surely brexit voters didn’t want unelected bureaucrats? They bleated enough about it. Which constituency does Frost represent? Oh he doesn’t. Brexiteers should be up in arms. From frictionless trade, to tradeless friction. And this is not teething problems. This is brexit in all its glory, wrecking trade and ruining business.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    So let’s have the benefits of brexit. What benefits are worth thousands of businesses struggling or closing? What brexit benefits are worth hundreds of thousands losing their jobs? What brexit benefits is worth the city losing its position as one of the financial capitals of the world? What brexit benefits of export trade with the EU currently down 68%? Answer. Blue passports and shiny new 50p. Worth it!
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Exports to EU are a massive 68% down. The reason there are no queues is because 2/3rd of the lorries heading to the EU are empty, therefore not needing to be customs checked. In this, the quietest months of the year. Very little being exported.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    So Raab said on Marr this morning that we should start seeing the benefits of brexit after 10 years. That’s OK then. To hell with the tens of thousands of businesses now in dire straights due to red tape and almost impossible trading restrictions.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/feb/11/brexit-to-cost-four-times-worse-for-uk-than-eu-brussels-forecasts
  13. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    So it shows your customers who deal with Eu customers are up in arms about the current situation. EU has thrown no one under a bus. They are all trading and doing great business between each if the remaining 26 member states. I am now receiving daily emails from Regulars saying they will never bid on my items again because I am in the U.K. it’s not worth the hassle for them. The U.K. has completely alienated itself from its main trading partner. Ludicrous!
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    I was a daily poster on this thread but since brexit I have been so hectic that I gave only posted occasionally. The lockdown was very good for my business. People were at hond and had time and money on their hands. Yet from the second week in January, issues started to arrive which have only increased as every week passes. Brexit voters shouted project fear, yet it has proved to be true on virtually every occasion. Tens of thousands of businesses will go under because of brexit, which means tens of thousands if businesses not paying tax, which means tens of thousands applying for universal credit and unemployment figures heading for 2 million plus. All because of a few Uber rich didn’t want to pay tax on their hidden stash in the Caymans.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    I suggest you attempt to buy something from the Eu.At the moment the U.K. is being soft on imports. From June the real fun starts with full customs checks on every item.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    The difference is brexit has wrecked businesses that were thriving and run professionally and smoothly. Brexit has come along and put up trade barriers that were not there, and not required. If there was proof that leaving the Eu would bring about prosperity to the U.K. everyone would gave been behind it. But the majority of voters were old people, either retired or in jobs that had little or no contact with trading with our main trading partners. So our nation got wrecked by ideological bollocks and Johnson’s 5uk business. Whilst I can’t put brexit into words as eloquently as Humphrey, I feel the death of a thousand cuts as it’s wrecked my small business. Just imagine how many tens of thousands of other sole traders/small businesses going through the exact same turmoil as I am. Sleepless nights knowing there will be a pile of emails from estate customers demanding to know shy they have duties to pay, or demanding to know where their purchase is. I believe it’s pretty clear to even the most ardent brexit voter, that there are no benefits gained from this experiment. Just pain, and a lot less of everything.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    You have a very good memory of me DC.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    Everything changed. Dealing with a customer Berlin was the same as dealing with Burnley before January 1st. Today, it is a mountain of paperwork, huge delays, fickle customs agents, 20% VAT on second hand goods, import duty, handling fees. Try selling a €1000 18th century painting to a customer in Seville. Or any €1000 item to be honest. After filling out the customs forms, (and in my case prof that the painting is not heritage and I don’t need a licence for it to leave the U.K.) off it goes. Before brexit there were no customs forms, no heritage forms, nothing. Today, handling fees, customs duty, Vat at 20%. On second hand goods. Yes. 20% on second hand goods. An 18th century work of art now attracts Vat. So someone spends €2000 on a painting from me. Off it goes. Buyer then gets an unexpected (because most Eu residents are unaware that the U.K. is a third country) bill for €500. How to make friends and alienate people. I was hoping somehow that I had missed something that brexit voters had seen and I had missed. Some benefit that would make brexit all worthwhile and J could say brexit is ok and and we will be fine. But it turns out I was right all along, along with Humph and all the other remainers on here. No benefits, only pain, alienation and pain. All too late now. The lies spewed by Vote Keave, the Mail, Express, Sun and Telegraph and tory politicians paid by the Uber rich won it.
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    European Union - In Or Out?

    I have worked very hard to build up the business over the last 5 years. It is a niche business but it’s been successful and there are few people in an auction room that can compete with me. That’s not by simply deciding to outbid everyone, but the fact that I have built up a very strong buying base who trust me, know I am straight as a die and know they can trust me all the way. This leads to buyers being prepared to bid higher for my paintings know they won’t be ripped off. They are not happy;y? No problem I give no quibble refund. I now have buyers wondering if their painting is going to ever arrive, demanding refunds when their painting is lodged at customs still on their way to them with tracking stationary for 3 weeks. This is not teething problems. It’s the U.K. being a third country. A complete and utter outsider. With no say whatsoever on whatever call the EU decides to make. How on earth can the U.K. mightily prosper? It’s complete and utter BS for the government who are so far out of their depth you wouldn’t actually believe it. But it’s true. This is not a conservative government. It’s UKIP. This country will be wrecked within 3 years. Left behind, all on our own. And Starmer is too afraid to speak out. Gutless.
  20. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    OK thought I would give a personal update on how brexit is going for me, 6 weeks into this, er, experiment?. In a word. Catastrophic. I don’t use that word lightly. Today, at 10 am, I pulled the plug on a very profitable and business that was thriving just 2 months ago. I had no choice. I just cannot operate in the current situation of exporting to the EU. A business with a turnover of 3/4 of a million pounds a year, has has to suspend trading within 6 weeks of brexit. I was as ready as I could be. I had my EORI, my commercial invoices, everything that I could do, I had done. But in the last 2 weeks it had become increasingly apparent that serious issues with couriers and customs at the border are getting worse by the day. Last week DPD stopped accepting antiques. This was worrying news and so it proved. Every item sent has to have a customs code. Antiques are 9701. I sell artwork, including antique paintings. Code 97011000. DPD blocked all 97 codes. So I could no longer use DPD. They gave the reason that customs agents were struggling to process parcels with the 97 code. So they chopped the lot. And said it was permanent. This decision has affected thousands of people overnight. So the main courier was gone. You can’t put a different code in. At customs it would be rejected and returned, or worse confiscated. So parcelforce was the last reliable courier left at an affordable price. And yesterday they pulled their service to the Eu, citing huge delays. Yesterday, if you wanted to post an item to France or Germany, it will take 7-8 WEEKS to get to customer. This is not a covid issue, it’s purely brexit. In December, the same parcel would be 3-4 days to France and 5 days to Italy. The backlog has been growing on a daily basis since January 1st. Parcelforce had to close due to the amounts of complaints and no more room to store a mountain of parcels, each one individually checked. When a parcel gets to customs agent, the duty, handling fee and VAT is charged, then the parcel released to the delivery company. The delivery company is liable to the govt of that country to collect the charges on their behalf. So an email is sent to the customer demanding payment online. The customer has 48 hours to pay, or the parcel is returned. Many, many people do not check or live on the internet. So I am getting returned parcels where there has been no contact or conversation between courier and customer. No note through the door, no phone call, no nothing. The parcel then takes approx 4 weeks to be returned to me. And I get irate customers demanding refunds and asking the same questions of where is their parcel, over and over. An impossible situation. So no DPD, and no Parcelforce, for the time being, at least. Myhermes international? I wouldn’t trust them with delivering a parcel around the corner. Fedex? Yes a good company. Parcelforce to Italy last week was £19.60. Today Fedex for same parcel £71.80. UPS £112. I am just a one man band. I bid, buy, clean, photograph, list and sell every work of art. I bubble wrap, box, fill out all the customs forms, label and send out. It kept me busy before brexit. I now work 8 am until 10 pm, virtually every day, dealing with the dozens of customers demanding to know what the hell is going on, what the hell is this customs charge ( and demanding I should pay it, ) to returned parcels and the relabelling and re-sending out again. It’s an impossible mess. The couriers are as clueless as is this government. They were not given any time to test their systems to see if they could cope (they can’t) to the lack of customs officers processing a growing mountain of parcels. The system is completely and utterly broken. So I pulled the plug. I had no choice. Really, I should have done it two weeks ago but prayed that more staff would hired and trained and the mountain of parcels would subside. And this is the quietest time of the year. But no. It’s bust. As will be me, mentally as well as physically. And I am just a one man self employed bloke making a living. Imagine what larger companies are feeling. And no, my business wouldn’t work selling to U.K. only. The U.K. makes up 0.2% of my business. There’s no real money in the U.K. market compared to Eu and worldwide. A free trade deal with the Eu this is not.We really need to be in a customs Union. Sorry for the very long length of the post. Better to explain in detail than just say brexit is 5hit.
  21. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    If we had any sense we would be begging to rejoin.
  22. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    So you think the EU should change their rules for a country that wants to be no part of the EU. Yep. Brexiteer logic.
  23. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    The rules were there for years. EU just reminding the U.K. of the rules. For some unfathomable reason shell fishermen thought they could export uncleared shellfish after April. But the rules have always stated that third countries cannot import uncleared shellfish to EU. Thousands of jobs gone due to brexit voters.
  24. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Look what you brexiteers have done. A whole sector finished.
  25. Steve Shovlar

    European Union - In Or Out?

    Well brexit is now here in all its glory. I was prepared as I possibly could be, trying to negate any disruption by pre planning. What a waste of time that was. I started re-sending out parcels on the 4th January. All correctly labelled. But that didn’t make any difference. Because from the word go issues arrived. DPD use a digital, paperless system at source, so I filled out the forms correctly and they were submitted along with all correct customs codes. However, when parcels arrived at customs eu, the system couldn’t read the dpd customs forms and rejected every single parcel from dpd. Meaning hundreds of thousands of parcels being returned. Parcels I sent in the 4th of January are still not back with me. This has led to a lot of stress and a ton of complaints from my buyers. And there’s nothing I can do about it. This can eventually be passed off a tech glitch. But worse is/was to come. You see, antique paintings, or even old paintings, have never carried any VAT. So the price the buyer pays is the actual price. Not any longer. Now, customs are charging an import duty, VAT and the courier an £8 handling fee. All to be paid by the buyer before they can have the goods released. Yesterday I received a very bitter email from a lady in Italy who had just received a Bill of €54, for a painting she paid €45 for. No way was she going to pay it and refused the parcel. It will eventually work its way back to me through the system. She also cancelled two other paintings she had purchased from me totalling just under €600. I only posted them out the day before so I won’t be seeing them for 6 weeks at best. This is just the start of the brexit fun. On my new listings I have put up warnings of severe delays and that there might be customs fees, depending on where the parcel is heading. I expect 30% of all sales to be cancelled. I also now expect buyers to be extremely wary of any seller from the U.K. as they just don’t know what size bill they are going to have to pay before receiving the goods. I am just a small sole trader who deals with customers from Europe on a daily basis. There are hundreds of thousands of small businesses like myself, all selling a multitude of different products to customers across Europe. These businesses are all is serious trouble because of brexit. The reply, ‘well sell in the U.K. then,’ doesn’t wash, because my customer base is european. The British won’t pay close to the same as our friends across the water. Johnson said it was a free trade deal. It is a million miles away from that. A ton of red tape, huge delays, (23 days currently to Italy instead of 3-4) and then customs fees on top make trading almost impossible. No wonder the CBI demanded a meeting with cabinet members this week. From sole trader to multinationals, brexit is killing hundreds of thousands of businesses stone dead. Gove coming out and saying there are teething issues shows the utter ignorance of this government. A huge swathe of jobs will be lost, but they just don’t seem to care. And the Lilly liveried opposition party are too afraid to speak out as they attempt to claw back lost votes after the last election. Regardless of COVID this country is spiralling down with a collapsing economy which is plain to see. No amount of blaming it on COVID will stop brexit from wrecking the economy for decades to come. Sorry about the length of this post but this is certainly Project Reality, not Project Fear. This is what happens when UJIP, under the guise of Conservatives, and run by a couple of failed and sacked journalists take over the running of the country.
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