Post by JNugent
Don;t you recall that HMRC produced this figure? The BBC analysed HMRC's
"Brexit: How did HMRC get to a £20bn customs cost?"
Or "extra cost"?
For a different sort of "reality check", £20bnpa is enough
to employ ~300000 FTE low-to-middle-ranking professionals including
their offices, computers, secretaries, .... That seems a little OTT.
It's a bit less, a bit more, or a lot more than the number of
accountants in the UK, depending on what qualifications you count,
or about twice the number of solicitors, or about half the number of
teachers, or about 3/2 the number of university lecturers, or about
5/2 the number of policemen, or about the same as the number of
doctors or of nurses.
IOW, Pamela, HMRC and the BBC are proposing that to deal
with customs post-Brexit, effectively a whole new profession on
the same scale as those mentioned will be necessary. That fails
all the "sniff" tests you can imagine. It also makes you wonder
how on earth we cope with trade with non-EU countries now.