Did I have a good Brexit?

Did I have a good Brexit?

Four years ago, Brexit was quite a fresh word and I found myself wondering Can I have a good Brexit?. I think it was part of a theme at the time of 'making the best of it' being peddled by the polticians who at the time were very much cake-ist.

I stand by exactly what I said back then: I still think that voting to leave the European Union wasn't the right choice, not because I don't think the country can - and indeed is and will - survive outside of it, or because I think the European Union is particularly better than we are at anything, but because I think being part of a club against the world is better than being alone.  Generally.

We had good luck with the vaccine, of course. But as a country, I can't see how we'll replicate it. Because it wasn't luck; it was an approach which relied on investing in something that might not have worked, up front.

And that's just not very "us". We've had years-long fights over whether to build a single railway and strip of tarmac, can't seem to get building enough houses for people to be able to afford to buy them and in my local area even installing a traffic crossing on a busy road where lots of children have to cross has been subject to fierce debate on the Facebook groups.

But I digress.

Four years ago, I said:

Right now my priorities in work and life are quite simple: climb the ladder. Get increasingly better jobs, learn and develop my skills to allow that, buy a house and get married.

And it seems, perhaps, I did have a good one. Because I've climbed the job ladder since then (albeit only the one job, and I did use the plural so maybe i'm being generous), I've learnt lots and developed my skills as a result; I am now married and - alas - the house thing is, while closer, still evading me.

When I said this:

It looks like Brexit could make it easier to buy a house, because uncertainty means prices might fall domestically, but it could also make it more difficult as a weak pound makes investing in UK property more attractive for foreigners. So it’s hard to tell.

It looks like I was right. House prices did reduce a bit in my chosen area between Brexit and Coronavirus - and sales almost completely stalled - but stimulus like the stamp duty holiday and New Help To Buy have and will soon see to that.

The problem is that because of the pandemic I'm not sure many of us have felt the impact of Brexit much at all. Sure, we've seen a lot of trucks at an airport (what an amazing sight that was) and some of our parcels now have extra labels on them or extra costs but, by and large, the exit has been a non-event for the average person so far.

The interesting bit will be in the next 12 months, and beyond. I wonder what I should be doing to give myself a good 'post Brexit'?