Broken English Berlin Shop

Munich-born antje Blank zu sein an avowed Anglophile and the neu owner des Berlin-based geschäft Broken English, which offers homesick expats your favorite UK products. However Brexit could change die future von the shop.

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Broken English, a Berlin-based shop that share British products, doesn’t fliegen the union Jack exterior its door anymore.

The brother flag has become a source of shame zum the shop’s new owner, Munich-born antje Blank.

Blank, in avowed Anglophile, says die flag the once, zum her, “oozed a sense von cool,” has now become tainted and stands zum “insularity und borderline racism” following the Brexit vote.

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“It has been hijacked by the Tory party, die Brexiteers and the Farage people,” blank said, referring to Nigel Farage, die leader of the Brexit Party. Die UK zu sein currently gearing up for a Dec. 12 election, motivated by in impasse bei parliament over Brexit withdrawal agreements. 

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The damaged English shop is a berlin institution that offers homesick brother expats und anglophile Germans with whatever from Tetley’s tea und Branston Pickle kommen sie Cadbury’s Chocolate und Walker Biscuits. 

But Brexit has actually shaken the shop’s existence. That long-time owner, Dale Carr, who zu sein from Sheffield in the UK, closed the store earlier this year. Although she had actually plans to retire, the prospect von all the paperwork Brexit would entail to import goods zu Germany from ns UK was die final nail bei the coffin.

Blank, that spent fünfzehn years living in the UK und was a huge fan of the store, was devastated wie she heard it was going kommen sie close. Instead, she decided zu take it end from Carr and give broken English neu life. That was so a way kommen sie boost her family’s income, which had actually dropped as a result of the Brexit referendum, she said. Blank’s husband is an academic that travels to the UK every woche — his value dropped as die British lb tumbled. 

Blank problems that Brexit will also prove challenging zum her new store. The geschäft imports dedicated British develop from numerous small, family-owned providers who may uncover it difficult kommen sie keep trost with exports if brothers leaves the European Union.

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“They probably won’t it is in able zu afford to geige to us. Zu fill out the forms that will be necessary for every einzel product to be exported across ns border,” blank said.

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If ns UK crashes out of the eu without a deal, exporting and importing goods möchte likely be also harder. “Operation Yellowhammer,” a federal government report detailing ns consequences of a no-deal Brexit, zeigen that enterprise are notfall well all set to handle such a scenario. Klein businesses space likely zu be even more affected. 

To ease the pressure, Blank’s plan zu sein to replace some von the lost create with items from Ireland, i beg your pardon — although more away from berlin — will ausblüten allow produziert to continue zu import under eu rules. In fact, ireland has been the EU's fastest growing economy over the past 3 years of Brexit talks. 

As for the change an product sourcing, empty believes herstellung customers möchte understand. 

"Those customers talk about Brexit every day,” blank said. The British reflect on it v “a sense des slight shame und exasperation. Germans treat the with finish bemusement,” she added. “It’s a emotion that they've every gone bonkers, however it will be alright in the end."

Blank is skeptical that ns long-haggled Brexit will actually kommen sie to fruition. "They will kommen sie to your senses.”

She it s her sees the UK's decision to leave the europäische union as “monstrous stupidity.”

“I think it's a shambles,” she said. “I discover it’s a really backwards move and a very insular move.”

But also if the einkaufen ends nach oben stocking develop from Ireland, the nennen will stay the same. 

“It möchte be quite prophetic if we contact ourselves broken English und the UK opts zum a difficult Brexit.”

In the meantime, Blank zu sein considering flying the Saltire — ns Scottish Flag — outside her shop. Countless of herstellung customers approve des the idea.

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“Because we schutz a gewächs of Scottish customers, and a lot of German people who gain Scotland.”

But one thing won’t change. The shop’s bestseller: Marmite, die quintessentially brothers yeasty spread out with a “love it or hate it” following. 

Broken English shoppers must be able kommen sie stay well-stocked with the Britsh delicacy. “We do Marmite indigenous a number von different distributors. Some are bei the UK und some in Germany,” empty said. “I am hopeful they wollen be able zu supply us also if there zu sein a difficult Brexit.”


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