Brexit: Anna Soubry predicts UK will be back in EU ‘in ten years’

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The former Conservative and Change UK MP responded on Twitter to reports of the Swedish furniture store suffering from a product shortfall. The chain said it is experiencing issues with transport, raw materials and sourcing. It also described a “perfect storm of issues” brought on by global supply problems and labour shortages, which is says had been “exacerbated by the pandemic and Brexit”.

LBC tweeted: “Ikea stores are facing product shortages due to Brexit and lorry driver shortages.”

But responding to the LBC tweet, Ms Soubry overlooked the wider problems and laid blame firmly at the UK leaving the European Union.

She wrote: “#Brexit was built on lies.”

The 64-year-old also did not reference that many British workers have since benefitted from the short-term problem and seen an increase in wages.

A number of Express.co.uk readers lashed out at Ms Soubry’s remarks and let their opinions known in the comments section of a previous story.

One reader wrote: “Little or nothing to do with Brexit.”

A second wrote: “Blame everything on Brexit!”

A third commented: “She seems obsessed with the fact that she lost. “

A fourth added: “Good to see her fighting for democracy… Oh, hang on…”

Ms Soubry served as a Conservative MP from 2010 to 2019 before defecting to the anti-Brexit Change UK party.

She led the political movement from June to December 2019, before losing her seat at the last general election.

Speaking last year, Ms Soubry predicted the UK would one day rejoin the European Union.

In July 2020, she told LBC radio: “I’m a realist and the reality is we’ve left the European Union.

“I don’t think there’s an appetite at large for some movement that would win widespread support for us to rejoin because we haven’t even fully left yet.

“I think it will be my children’s generation that will do it, I think we’ll be back in the EU in ten years’ time.”

Boris Johnson signed a withdrawal agreement with the EU in January 2020 and the UK finally left the bloc at the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020.

Ikea said all 22 of its UK and Ireland stores were having supply problems with 10 percent of its stock, or around 1,000 product lines affected.

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A spokesperson said: “Like many retailers, we are experiencing ongoing challenges with our supply chains due to COVID-19 and labour shortages, with transport, raw materials and sourcing all impacted.

“In addition, we are seeing higher customer demand as more people are spending more time at home.

“As a result, we are experiencing low availability in some of our ranges, including mattresses.”

They added: “What we are seeing is a perfect storm of issues, including the disruption of global trade flows and a shortage of drivers, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic and Brexit.”
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