David Smart, director at Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, appeared on BBC Breakfast this morning to talk about the impact of Brexit on small businesses.
Smart, who appeared on both ITV’s This Morning and BBC Radio 5 Live last month to talk about the poor quality of cheap bread, appeared on our screens again this morning to talk about Brexit.
Smart’s appearance on BBC Breakfast was a characteristically frank exchange. The question put to the Lancashire native was what impact he felt Brexit would have on small businesses.
He told British Baker: “It will have no impact at all! It will be business as normal as far as I am concerned. It’s all a storm in a teacup. Every morning the sun comes up, and that will continue to be the case.
“We pay these politicians to run our country, to be stable, and then end up doing the job ourselves, and being the stable ones. Their uncertainty is contagious; they just need to get a grip.
“We all need to get on with living our lives, living today.”
He went on to talk about the reasons behind his confidence in UK small businesses: “You can be friends with someone, be civil, see each other socially – but you don’t want them in your house, running your household, going through your things, telling you what to do. That’s the way it is.
“My household is made up of 60% Europeans – why would I want to harm the fantastic relationship I have with them? Short answer, I wouldn’t.
“Yes, the market has dropped, but it’s on the up already – it might take five or six weeks, and yes it might affect people’s pensions for those few weeks, but mark my words, it will come back. It always does.”