Britain Becomes The First Country To Sanction Itself

Couldn’t happen to a worse empire


28 Days Later showed a London devoured by zombies. Capitalists have now done the same. @steppingthroughfilm

Britain has become the first country to sanction… itself. Shops that say ‘we cannot deliver to Iran because America hates them’ are now saying ‘we cannot deliver to the UK because they hate themselves’.

The effects of Brexit — missing goods, fleeing companies, inability to travel — are indistinguishable from sanctions. It’s actually hilarious. The country which imposed capital colonization and sanctions on the world for centuries is now sanctioning and colonizing itself.

Bike Bits

Take bike parts, as one random example. Brits can no longer order from the shop Dutch Bike Bits, but they can get an earful:

From mid December 2020 onward we ship to every country in the world… except the UK. We are forced by British policy to stop dealing with British customers.

This random company and many like it are effectively enforcing sanctions. They deliver everywhere, except this one pariah state. Unlike most sanctions, however, in classic British style, they have strangled themselves with bureaucracy. Rather than saying you can’t do something, they just make you get another form or another stamp until you die.

As Bike Bits continues:

Quite apart from uncertainty due to Brexit surrounding the shipping cost, taxation etc. after that time, there is also a problem caused by the British government deciding to impose a unique taxation regime which will require every company... which exports to the UK to apply and collect British taxes on behalf of the British government. For providing this service they intend to charge a fee.Clearly this is ludicrous for one country, but imagine if every country in the world had the same idea. If every country decided to behave in the same way then we would have to pay 195 fees every year, keep up with the changes in taxation law for 195 different countries, keep accounts on behalf of 195 different countries and submit payments to 195 tax offices in 195 different countries, and jump through whatever hoops were required to prove that we were doing all of this honestly and without any error.



Indrajit (Indi) Samarajiva is a Sri Lankan writer. Follow me at, or just email me at