Nigel Farage on European Commission’s vaccine demands
The Good Morning Britain presenter did not hold back as he branded Brussels “a bunch of selfish, ruthless, arrogant twerps”. And he hit out at the EU’s “shocking antics” after the bloc threatened to override part of the Brexit deal on Northern Ireland amid vaccine supply shortages in a move that sparked widespread condemnation from across the political spectrum.
Former newspaper editor Mr Morgan tweeted: “Congrats to the EU on finally uniting Britain about Brexit.
“With their shocking antics over vaccines, they’ve managed to achieve the impossible and make us all – Leavers AND Remainers – think they’re a bunch of selfish, ruthless, arrogant twerps.”
Many of the GMB host’s followers were quick to agree with him.
One Twitter user commented: “Showing their true colours Piers.
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“Their vaccine roll out has been nothing short of a disaster and they are desperate.
“In contrast to our own by the UK Gov, you must concede that Boris has done a good job there?”
Another blasted: “Yep! Bullies. Hope other European Countries are thinking do we want to be part of this organisation!”
A third simply said: “Unelected beaurocrats. Shambles.”
Another wrote: “It’s amazing so many needed this to realise.”
A fifth added: “This is rare Piers, but I completely agree with you. This made it a great leaving party for us! Bon voyage EU!”
The EU has faced intense criticism over its slow vaccine rollout.
Meanwhile in the UK more than 7.8 million people have received their first dose and nearly half a million have had their second shot.
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Brussels last night backed down on its threat to invoke Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol as part of its export controls on coronavirus vaccines.
A European Commission statement said: “In the process of finalisation of this measure, the commission will ensure that the Ireland/Northern Ireland Protocol is unaffected.
“The commission is not triggering the safeguard clause.”
But the desperate bloc continued to threaten further action, saying: “Should transits of vaccines and active substances toward third countries be abused to circumvent the effects of the authorisation system, the EU will consider using all the instruments at its disposal.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson had warned European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen of his “grave concerns” over the move to disrupt the supply of jabs.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “He expressed his grave concerns about the potential impact which the steps the EU has taken today on vaccine exports could have.”
The protocol, which is part of the Withdrawal Agreement, is designed to allow the free movement of goods from the EU into Northern Ireland, and prevent the need for a hard border on the island of Ireland.
But triggering Article 16 would have temporarily placed export controls on the movement of vaccines, a move that was threatened by the EU to prevent Northern Ireland being used as a back door to move coronavirus vaccines from the bloc into the UK.
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