According to a poll on the Ashtray Blog, a majority of the about 1,200 vapers (56%) who answered, expressed their desire to split with Europe. And most of them gave as a main reason for this vote, the TPD (89%).
— B E N J A M I N (@BEN25485) June 11, 2016
Yes, British vapers’ voices count!
— Stewart Green (@StewartGreen1) May 19, 2016
Considering that 30 Million people participated in the referendum and the 52% result of “Brexit”, about 15.6 Million people said “No” to Europe and 14.4 Million people said “Yes”, a difference of 1.2 Million people.
Now, if one hypothesizes that the about 1,200 vapers’ opinion is representative of the 2.8 Million vapers in the UK, about 1.5 Million vapers were in favor of “Brexit”. This is the same order of magnitude as the difference between EU lovers and quitters.
In conclusion to this back-of-the-envelop calculation, British vapers’ voices count!
But will the UK get rid of the TPD for good?
Analysts say that as soon as the Government launches the leaving procedure, a 2-year delay is expected, in the best case, before they become independent from Brussels and its EU officers.
Richard Hyslop and Rémi Parola, who we met during the GFN, were telling us that in the case of “Brexit”, the TPD would not vanish so easily in the UK. For them, it is important for the European Vaping Industry to continue to collaborate: “Our members will be impacted by the TPD even if we leave the EU, and we will have to comply with the rules anyway“, said Richard Hyslop.
Nigel Quine, Director General of Cuts Ice, told our redaction that “In reality, things will not really change before at least two years, and it means that the TPD and all the rules that are associated to it will remain in force in the country for this period. We notify and we will continue notifying all our products through the European portal, and we will comply with each member state’s regulation.”
He adds “apart from this question, we guaranty that, TPD or not TPD, EU or not EU, all our products will remain available in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, all over Europe and in other countries in the world where vaping products are legal” before saying “Vive la vape!!“.