Comparing the stories encouraging people to vote to leave the EU with those we have seen in recent weeks paints a rather bleak picture.
More than five years after Britain voted to leave the European Union by a narrow margin, it has not escaped the attention of many that Brexit is failing to live up to the reality that Brexiters promised.
As fuel shortages continue at some petrol pumps, energy prices skyrocket, a natural gas shortage looms and supermarket shelves remain empty, it’s hard not to blame the woes on leaving the EU.
It is important to note that Brexit is certainly a provoking factor, but other international issues are also at play.
Still, here are six ways people think Brexit promises have fallen short.
1. Food bills are rising rapidly
Pre-Brexit: The front page of October 18, 2016 promises: “Cheap food after exiting the European Union.”
The article continues: “Freeing from the EU will drive down the price of food, economic experts said.”
After Brexit: A front page dated 11 October 2021 reads: “As Britons face Christmas crunch, top bosses give wake-up call. Get in the habit of dire warnings for high food bills. “
The article continues: “Yesterday a sharp warning was given to shoppers on rising food prices.”
The Best for Britain Twitter account also compiled four other examples of how times have changed since the UK left the EU.
2. The Future of Farming
Pre-Brexit: An article published on March 21, 2017 by Express.co.uk read: “The idea that farming will end after Brexit is absurd.”
After Brexit: Another Express.co.uk headline, published on June 22, 2021, reads: “Farming disaster: Brexiteer admits many farmers will be out of business due to EU exit.”
3. Fishing War
Pre-Brexit: An Express.co.uk headline from 2016 read: “More reason to leave: Brexit Britain taking back control of its fishing waters.”
After Brexit: Express.co.uk’s March 2021 headline read: “We didn’t vote for this! Fishing has declined as UK firms collapsed and exporters fled the EU. “
4. Mobile roaming charges on the rise
Pre-Brexit: An Express.co.uk headline from October 2016 reads: “Cheap food after EU exit: consumer boost now experts say will bring down prices.”
After Brexit: Another Express.co.uk headline from March 2021 reads: “Food shop alert because your supermarket bill is rising due to EU red tape.”
5. Rising Gas Bills
Pre-Brexit: The Sun Online exclusive from Boris Johnson, the then former Mayor of London in May 2016, with the headline: “The EU will never believe it: Boris promises cheap domestic gas bill if Brits back Brexit”.
After Brexit: Headline from The Sun Online from October 2021 that reads: “Gastrofe: Why your gas bill is going to climb and what you can do about it”
6. The NHS is Struggling
Pre-Brexit: The headline of The Sun Online from June 2018 reads: “Brexit health bonus: NHS getting extra £384 million a week – it’s more than just the Brexit war.”
After Brexit: The Sun Online headline from July 2021 read: “Social Care Wages Red: Boris and Sage Break National Insurance Hike – Tory Manifesto Promise to Pay for Social Care.”