EU vaccine fury: Brexiteer fury as ‘Brussels slimeballs’ AGAIN threaten UK with expo
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EU commissioner Thierry Breton said the UK was “totally dependent” on the bloc for vaccines as he hinted a blockade was still on the cards. The French europhile’s outburst came just days after the EU spectacularly backtracked on a proposed ban after it threatened to spark a trade war with the UK.
Mr Breton appears to have learned nothing from the spat, arrogantly insisting “the British are unable to conduct vaccination policy on their own”.
Unfortunately for Mr Breton, he made no mention of Boris Johnson’s announcement yesterday afternoon of up to 60 million jabs being manufactured in the United Kingdom.
This extra output should ensure Britain’s phenomenal vaccine roll-out reaches its April targets, with or without draconian action by the EU.
The UK is currently on course to offer a jab to every UK adult by the end of July – two months earlier than the EU, according to the latest modelling.
The EU commissioner for the internal market also targeted AstraZeneca and said he believed Brussels had the upper hand because the UK was vulnerable to supply shocks.
“As long as AstraZeneca doesn’t make good on its obligations, everything that’s produced on European soil is distributed to Europeans,” Mr Breton told LCI.
“If there are surpluses, they will go elsewhere.”
And mirroring the aggressive stance adopted by his country’s president, Emmanuel Macron, Mr Breton added: “The British are incapable of carrying out the vaccine policy alone.
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“Britain had to produce today only 10 million vaccines. We have delivered 20 million doses to help the British. They are totally dependent on us.”
The news provoked rage among many patriotic Brits – furious at the EU’s desperate attempt at “vaccine nationalism” while simultaneously insisting it was working to ensure everyone had a jab.
Leave.EU wrote: “Those slimeballs in Brussels are AGAIN threatening Brexit Britain with a vaccine export ban as they desperately try and at least look like they’re not failing miserably.
“But the British government isn’t for yielding as a massive deal for home-manufactured jabs is announced.”
Another Twitter user said: “About time the UK showed the EU some backbone. We have been decisive and have got our vaccine programme underway.”
A third raged: “Exactly, the EU commission has behaved disgracefully with its export bans.”
When the possibility of a vaccine blockade emerged last week both sides agreed to sit down for talks beginning yesterday to try and find a solution.
This prompted UK delegates to visit Brussel yesterday as the two sides tried to hammer out a deal.
But sources insisted the UK is keen to highlight the £84 million contribution that UK taxpayers made to the development of AstraZeneca’s Covid jab.
Without this the jab may never have been successfully developed, they are reportedly due to insist.
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