Dutch minister uses Brexit 'monster' to encourage citizens to prepare

Elias Hubbard
February 15, 2019

The Netherlands foreign minister, Stef Blok, tweeted a picture on Thursday of himself with the enormous Muppet-like creature lying in front of him in a white T-shirt emblazoned with the word "Brexit" in big red letters. 'Make sure Brexit does not get in your way'.

As part of a €100m (£88m) Brexit preparation programme, it launched a major public information campaign last month, including newspaper ads and rhyming radio jingles, warning businesses they could not afford to be taken by surprise and would have to be creative in their approach to likely problems.

The Dutch government has enlisted a new ally in its campaign to prepare businesses for the impending departure of Britain from the European Union - a hairy blue Brexit monster.

Dutch hospitals fear a shortage of medicines and medical supplies if there's a no-deal Brexit, as they import many of these from the U.K. The U.K.is also the third-largest export market for Dutch flower-growers, and Dutch fishermen fear losing their ability to catch herring in British waters.

"It is already weakening, it is a waning country compared to two or three years ago, he said". "It is going to become an economy of middling size in the Atlantic Ocean".

He made the comments in an interview with European media channels, including Spanish publication El País.

‏The Dutch government has taken multiple measures, including radio ads, to warn companies based in the Netherlands that there could be significant difficulties for their business, because the country is one of the top trading partners of the United Kingdom, the BBC reported.

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