Re: Time to take a step back.
The UK Gov and companies attitude for many years has been "Why make/produce something expensively here, when we can buy cheaper from abroad?" ignoring the fact that the expensive part (wages/salaries) will now have to be supported by the taxpayer as unemployment benefit etc. It even makes sense if you can say that your carbon footprint has been vastly reduced by exporting your manufacturing and production. The next Big Idea to meet Government promises about becoming carbon neutral is "If we stop producing food here, and plant trees instead, we can meet our carbon reduction promise." This was given pause by Covid-19 showing how important locally produced food is, but no doubt it will be back on the agenda soon. And it's easilly done, just reduce farm support to your local farmers so it becomes economically unviable to produce local food, and instead buy your food from farmers abroad that do enjoy being subsidised by their government (all of Europe and N America for instance). Might have to lower our food standards -chlorinated chicken anyone?- but Hey look how Green we are now! We exported our pollution again to look good.
There is a petition going to keep UK food standards up to the level we enjoy now - https://www.campaigns.nfuonline.com/page/56262/petition/1 - which I emplore you to sign.
If you want to see a farmers view on this, see Harry Medcalf with his Farmers hat on, instead of Petrol Head hat - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e6lR8R82Ec - and watch from about the 15m 30s mark.
Sorry for a bit of a rant, but idiotic decisions by our "Leaders" get my goat. Can you imagine France or Italy doing anything so idiotic as closing down their farms just to basically Virtue Signal the rest of the World for no point?