How will Brexit impact the Premier League?

With a little over 60 days, until Britain leaves the European Union, there is no doubt that the money-making behemoth that is the Premier League will be impacted by Brexit.

Even the makers of Football Manager decided to include three potential outcomes, though realistically no amount of computer power could work out the infinite possibilities as to the intricacies of the Brexit negotiations and outcomes.

So we must ask the important question: What, if any, impact will Brexit have on the Premier League and English football as a whole?

Officials from clubs, tournaments and leagues have all been quick to air their concerns about any kind of deal which would affect the running of the Premier League.

Except for Neil Warnock, whose remarks are unprintable on this website.

Harry Kane and Giorgio Chiellini have wildly differing views, though Kane’s may be the more sensible given his position as captain of the England national team.

“I don’t know enough about it to be concerned about it,” came the reply from the England man when he was asked two and a half years ago.

How time flies.

Annoyingly, we don’t know how Brexit will affect the Premier League to any real degree of certainty.

On the scale of predictions, these are about a Mark Lawrenson – interesting to read, but ultimately baseless and useless.

This is because we don’t know what kind of Brexit we’re going to get.

Of course, like some other sites, we could painstakingly list many different scenarios and attempt to figure out what could happen under each of them, but with the amount of uncertainty surrounding Brexit, that seems a foolish task.

To better deal with the situation, we must think more logically.

England proved this summer that there is a lot of potential, and whilst we could not replicate it across an entire league, being less able and less easily able to do deals with our continental partners may not be as damaging as once thought.

Nor is there a genuine belief that it would lead the FA to make things any harder for Premier League teams, and whilst the proposed foreign players cap may be introduced, it would likely come at the expense of lobbying to scrap the current visa rules.

Money will always win out, so the most likely outcome of Brexit for football is one that we knew all along.

The rich will get richer and will try to find ways around the rules, the less rich will get richer, and it’ll be more common to see clubs trying to spend big to reach the Premier League spending eye-watering figures on English players.

TURIN, ITALY – APRIL 22: Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus in action during the serie A match between Juventus and SSC Napoli on April 22, 2018 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Daniele Badolato – Juventus FC/Juventus FC via Getty Images)

What it will mean for the standing of the Premier League in the global standings is anyone’s guess, but if I had to stick my neck out I’d say it won’t make a jot of difference.

Once again, this is where money talks.

If global broadcasters and fans don’t really care about the EU now and let’s face it, it is an anachronism that we don’t show 3pm games like every other country, bar Scotland and, for some reason, Montenegro, what will they care for it once Britain leaves?

They won’t, and from that angle, nor should we.

This will have an impact on the up and coming generation of English players and potentially limit their options abroad.

It will be harder for a player like Jadon Sancho to move to Germany in the event of a badly managed/otherwise harmful Brexit but again, money talks.

Both sides would be rather foolish to cut off their noses to spite their faces.

Would the Bundesliga really not try to lobby for visa rules to be changed in the EU as much as the FA would in England?

Taking things more slowly, calming down the hysteria and the rhetoric and simply trying to make the best of what we have, and what we’re likely to have, at each stage will serve us far better than ranting and screaming and marching.

A little less hyperbole and hysteria go a long way to clarifying what isn’t the clearest of issues in today’s world.

Words by David Saunders

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