In 20 years’ time the British airplane worker will be buying flights on Chinese-made airplanes and flying to his holidays — if he has any — on a Chinese airline.
This will be identical to a period in the history of my home town — the ‘car city’ of Coventry in the 1960s — when a car worker would be making British automobiles Monday to Friday, but parking his Japanese car in the factory car park during the day. He got an equivalent car for less money or, the other way round, more for the same money. This destroyed the British-owned car industry.
The financial power of the individual as a customer over the longer term is greater than an occasional fit of voting anger when manipulated by a demagogue.