EU ‘remarkably messed up’ vaccine rollout as UK flourishes in first post-Brexit test
Brexit Britain 'firing on all cylinders' says expert
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Lord and former Tory MEP Daniel Hannan argued that the European Union had proven to do very poorly in its vaccine rollout. While speaking on the Youtube channel The News Forum, he said the failure was due to reasons he was familiar with due to his time as a member of the European Parliament. He highlighted the political bickering and difficulties the EU had in ensuring that all member states got a good share of the vaccine contrastingly, Brexit Britain was able to excel.
He also insisted the UK had shown that Brexit Britain can fire on all cylinders and was flourishing as it passed its first challenge without the EU.
Lord Hannan said: “The first real test of what a post-EU Britain could do differently was when it came to the vaccine purchase programme.
“The EU messed it up quite badly.
“It is not that the UK was the best in the world, we were good but we were not the outlier, really the EU was the outlier.
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“The EU did remarkably badly compared to the US and Canada.
“The reason for that is all the things I was familiar with due to my time in the European Parliament.
“The desire to make sure that every country got something, the political trade-offs, things like if you have a German vaccine you have got to have a French vaccine.
“Oh no, the French vaccine doesn’t work, never mind then, all of those conversations went on and on.
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“This means that the EU was very slow placing this order.
“The one thing we have been testing on first, I am glad to say a post-EU Britain is firing on all cylinders.”
Lord Hannan also claimed international researchers have looked to the BBC to understand the ramifications of Brexit but the British broadcaster “could not bring themselves to admit that anything was going right
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“We were doing very well but that point is really worth underlining particularly to friends overseas because I found that a lot of the foreign media understandably taking their cue from the Financial Times, the BBC, and the Economist which tend to be the most read UK media overseas.
“It could not bring themselves to admit that anything was going right and as a number of remain-leading economists have said this led to their profession making some huge mistakes.
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