BRITISH GOODS AND SERVICES
One surprising omission from the Brexit debate – in amongst talk of WTO tariffs, trade deals and traffic congestion at our ports – is that the UK consumer could help matters by buying British products and British manufactured goods.
Admittedly this is not as easy as it sounds with “Made in the EU” more likely to appear on labels than “Made in the UK”. However particularly with food stuffs a10 second scan of the label can establish whether the product is made in the UK. Some of the iconic British products – such as HP sauce – are now made abroad but often the supermarkets own brands are made in the UK and are adequate substitutes and are very likely cheaper into the bargain.
It is more difficult to establish where manufactured goods originate from but the UK still has some clothing, leather goods, porcelain and other manufacturers. A little bit of research (eg Google “British made”, “British manufacturers”) may highlight British options.
Of course it does not have to be a dogmatic issue: if you do not want to forsake your French grown, crisp green, Granny Smith apples or even your German car then why should you? However even small changes in other purchases could make a difference.
Encouraging manufacturers and retailers to highlight British products and UK consumers to buy them could be the best trade deal this country ever had