Sumary of The Guardian view on empty shelves: a crisis made in government | Editorial:
- If the complex logistics – picking, processing, packing, and distributing – make headlines it is because something has gone wrong.
- Being outside the EU single market and customs union imposes bureaucracy and friction at borders that British businesses did not previously face.
- Ending freedom of movement for EU nationals has drained the labour pool from which many industries recruited.
- Ending free-flowing EU migration was an advertised benefit of Brexit.
- It will become clearer still when grace periods and waivers expire and another layer of bureaucracy is applied to imports from the EU.The pandemic functions as political camouflage for Brexit-related problems.
- Businesses also have incentives to downplay logistics problems.