Daily Mail politics correspondent Andrew Pierce was doing cartwheels today after stumbling upon a rare Brexit dividend.
News that Kraft Heinz is to move production of tomato ketchup from Holland to Wigan had him celebrating, with an eye-watering 50 jobs set to be created.
After the UK formally split with the European Union in January finding firms willing to move to the UK because it has restricted access to its biggest trading partner has been like searching for a needle in a haystack, so news that Tommy K is headed back to Blighty will come as light relief for Brexiteers.
But not everyone was as willing to pop the champagne corks.
Author AJ Farrelly pointed out that Brexit has shrunk UK services exports by £110 billion, putting the £140 million Kraft Heinz investment in context.
So that's £110 BILLION out and £140 MILLION in.— 𝙰𝙹 𝙵𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚕𝚢 — 𝙰𝚞𝚝𝚑𝚘𝚛 (@AJFarrelly_) June 1, 2021
A net LOSS of £109.86bn.
The fact that you're tweeting about ketchup, shows the embarrassing levels of desperation to try and make Brexit look like a good deal.https://t.co/LdunC8qWZX
Others said that the creation of 50 jobs is hardly worth writing home about, with one person jokingly commenting: “That’s unemployment in Wigan wiped out!”
A BREXIT BENEFIT— Marina Purkiss (@MarinaNigrelli) June 1, 2021
50 whole jobs
Which means there are actually 7 fewer jobs than Heinz varieties