Leave it on the shelf!!

Help reduce the £79 Billion EU Deficit!!

Buy British produce and goods!

We have a €79 billion deficit trading with the EU !!!

We have a € 49 billion Trade surplus with NON - EU countries!!  Makes you think!!

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EU News snippets - we gather these snippets from European Newspapers


Suddenly, everything screeches to a halt in the Port of Dover. It's a Wednesday in late September and dozens of semi-trucks are backed up on the four-lane road that leads out of the port to the highway. Diesel exhaust wafts over the compound as some drivers nervously pump the gas pedal.  read more of this German scare monger article, click on our snippets!!


EU papers have not much to say at the moment about Brexit but Europe could have problems... as many drugs are manufactured in the UK!!

Very little news about Brexit deal..only that The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier won't brief EU ambassadors on the state of play of the Brexit negotiations before Thursday's EU leaders' summit, two EU officials said. But they do not miss a chance to bash us about Scotland and what Boris said about de-volved government!!!


There are also comments from the newspaper readers - which make for interesting reading!!


Britain's Trade imbalance with EU!

We have a trade imbalance with the EU, of over £100 billion!!   That means the EU sell us lots more of their products & services than we sell to them!!.This means less money in the UK!!


A little on the plus side... after selling goods and mainly financial services to the EU...the excess comes down, but last year 2019 we were still left with a deficit of over £72 billion! €79 billion euros.


£36 Billion was what we imported in food from the EU!!!   So we really need to reduce this amount But what can the ordinary person in the street do about this? ...we have little direct say in all that happens in our country and particularly Parliament!


Surely this amount of money would be better kept within the UK, creating jobs and wealth for our own people?  So, if you would like to help British businesses small & large... if it is not UK produced, #leave it on the shelf !  Just think, the population of the UK is 66 million people...if every person in the UK diverted  £10 per week to UK produce, say £500 per year...that is £33 billion kept in the UK!!  the food import spend of £36 billion would be covered immediately!! The deficit would soon come down...even faster if people bought UK produced cars!


WE can do the only thing that can possibly have an effect ...vote with our wallets.  The less we spend on EU food and drinks products the more that we divert our hard earned cash to our own food & drink producers. Just think every purchase of UK products helps secure or create a local job. So leave EU goods on the shelf and maybe spend an extra £10 per week on UK goods.


Let us for example say that the 17.4 million people who voted to leave the EU decided to buy only British products to help this imbalance.  No French wines & cheeses or No Italian wines and cheeses,  But I hear you say, I like Camembert and Procecco!  Well, Britain produces an equivilent, have a look! Camembert cheese and Procecco. 


Just think............... if these 17.4 million individuals spent their Family grocery shopping budget, buying purely Britsh products, where possible, it could mean keeping over a £1 billion in the UK economy over the period of a year!!


Now, with the Corona virus devastating the economy, It is even more important that we as a nation try and buy as much, Home produce and manufactured goods as possible. This will help keep jobs in the UK.  Have a look at the latest figures for our UK retail trades.


Here is the latest link for Office National statistics for our National retail trade


Facts and figures from the House of Commons Statistics:

  • The EU, taken as a whole is the UK’s largest trading partner. In 2018, UK imports from the EU were £357 billion (53% of all UK imports)!
  • UK exports to the EU were £291 billion (45% of all UK exports).
  • The UK had an overall trade deficit of minus £72 billion with the EU in 2019. 
  • £36 billion being food imports!
  • The UK had a trade surplus of €49 billion with non-EU countries in rest of World.
  • The share of UK imports accounted for by the EU has now been at around 53% since 2014!
  • EU tariffs are generally low but are high on some goods, especially agricultural products.