El Mundo panelists could not contain their laughter when discussing Britain’s post-Brexit petrol and food crisis. Xavi Puig said: “Shortages of petrol, food and butchers in the UK. The perfect Brexit storm has been unleashed in the UK.
“Please don’t laugh.
“The country is facing serious supply problems, shortages of basic products and workforce due to the problems caused by EU workers leaving the UK.
“The situation, which in Europe may cause joy, is worrying.”
Kike García said: “Without trying not to laugh and without showing any sort of joy, I say this is worrying.
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“Didn’t they use to say “Get Brexit done”?
“Well, it’s done. There you have it. But it’s very worrying, as you said.”
Nikki García added: “As Kike says, the issue is very worrying, it’s very serious, and I’m not holding my laughter either.
“From Europe, it seems incredible that a country as important as the United Kingdom, the luminary of Europe, has suddenly become a country where chaos reigns and basic needs are not covered.”
Brexit has “turned off the tap” of workers in Scotland, leading to labour shortages in various sectors, External Affairs Secretary Angus Robertson has said.
A report from the Royal Bank of Scotland released on Friday shows a near-record number of job vacancies in the country, but also the second harshest drop in the number of applicants for permanent positions since the survey was first run in 2008.
Mr Robertson has blamed leaving the EU for the shortage, but the UK Government has repeatedly insisted other countries outside Europe are experiencing similar demand for staff.
“The reason for (the shortages) is quite simple, it’s part of the more general population challenge that we have in Scotland, it’s that Brexit has turned off the tap, has seen a significant number of people return to the European continent and there are simply not enough people living here to fill important roles in our economy,” he said on the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland programme.
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“The UK Government is pretending that this is not a serious problem and is certainly denying that Brexit has a significant role in it.
“This was their decision, they decided to pursue a hard Brexit, to take us out of the single European market and end the freedom of movement.”
Mr Robertson accepted there were problems in countries outside Europe, but said those on the continent were not being hit as hard by shortages.
“I spent some time this week looking at the reporting from state broadcasters, from Poland to Germany to France to Italy and a number of others, and not a single one of them was reporting the same level of problems as there are in the UK – absolutely none of them,” he said.