Beth Rigby, deputy political editor
Already in 2013, when I was covering the Scottish Independence referendum, I made a story about the Scot who had to pay more to eat if they voted to leave the United Kingdom.
This was because the costs of doing business in Scotland were higher for people like Asda and Morrisons, and retail executives would not spend these additional costs on English consumers if their Scottish neighbors decided to vote for independence.
It was a story that lit a tactile role in a bitterly bitter referendum: the Scottish National Party denounced the comments as a scam. A campaign started asking buyers to express their anger in boycotting stores in Asda and Morrisons.
Why react in this way? Perhaps because the perspective of senior food charges hits the undecided voters nervously.
The cultural war that Brexit has unleashed can not be undone. It will run and continue. But politicians must stop and consider: the basic role of a government is to care for their citizens and not impose unnecessary difficulties.
I remembered this story this week when a consortium of retail chains, including Sainsbury, Asda, KFC, Waitrose and M & S chiefs, warned their clients that leaving the EU without an agreement could cause a significant interruption of food supplies.
You might have thought that a letter of this type would trigger a career in stores, with the public storage of food for the imminent Armageddon: do not forget that 2018 was the # 39; year marked 999 because KFC was left without chicken, after traffic accidents abroad, its deposit interrupted the offer.
And even so, the perspective of empty food shelves seems to have left the British public completely immobile: queues outside Tesco have not yet materialized. And regarding the political class? They were too busy discussing several modifications to Theresa May's Bretheness operation this week, even to wake up in a conversation about it.
Maybe that's just complacency. The vast majority of British people today have never experienced scarcity or food rationing, while the notion of Brexit is not yet extremely abstract to understand.
We have not yet compromised ourselves adequately with the perspective, nor, in fact, we think that this will happen. In the end, we conclude, our political teachers are not sufficiently incompetent to invent a situation in which our local stores are left without food.
But it is also a reflection of the culture war that Brexit has unleashed in the United Kingdom. The hustle and bustle of visions and identities on the opposing sides has deepened since the vote.
The elements of Leave and Remain are in their own resonant chambers, hitting the drum for a "pure Brexit" or a "people's vote" as the moderate voices move away.
Even the prime minister is not in a position to compromise: "Your door is open, but your mind is closed," is how Hilary Benn delightfully described the approach of Ms. May for the conversations last week.
Therefore, the threat of food shortages is ruled out as another iteration of "Project Fear" or a price that is worth paying for the freedom of the EU.
During the Scottish independence referendum, the public and politicians took these threats seriously and now they almost did not even blink. And why would they do it? When the debates go down to a cultural war, the opposite inevitably controls irreconcilable values and it is not worth listening in any case.
But one thing that was really worth listening on Tuesday, any part of the Brexit that is divided, was the comment made by the cabinet minister, Sir Oliver Letwin, on the implications of a non-treatment of Brexit for the government.
"If these risks materialize, our party will not be forgiven for many years," said the senior parliamentarian, his voice exploding in the Commons Chamber.
"It will be the first time that we have consciously taken a risk on behalf of our nation, and terrible things will happen to real people of our nation because of this risk, and we can not argue that it was the fault of a other. "
The cultural war that Brexit has unleashed can not be undone. It will run and continue. But politicians must stop and consider this; The basic role of a government is to care for its citizens and not impose unnecessary difficulties.
Theresa May does not rule out any treatment. Removing this card from his hand, he leaves it uncompromising in the negotiations. But do not confuse public complacency as a license to play poker with your daily life. Chaotic Brexit will cost the esteemed conservative government.
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