Dennis Quaid lover
- Dec 22, 2003
That looks cool @Tom.There's a nice old bike I want to buy in Belgium. This one. But now, because of Brexit, I have to pay import duty and VAT on top of the price. I can't do it even if I wanted to right now because of covid, but it's a real pain in the arse suddenly having all these bureaucratic barriers in the way. And the Brexiteers told us all that there'd be less red tape, not more.
Also, anyone who's had to deal with carnets will know what a royal pain in the arse they are. And expensive too. All just paperwork, all unnecessary, all a massive backward step. Just because some people didn't like certain EU laws. Laws they were never able to identify.
I will always regret chucking my granddad's old frame away. We were emptying my mum's old house for a move and were rushed. If I had more time I'd have made a different decision.
It's likely it will have been completely cold welded together and un-restorable but I'll never know.
Can you not contact the guy and say you'll buy it but can he hold it until the spring - then go on a road trip? "It's my bike" would be the retort if asked