The AstraZeneca vaccine rollout fiasco from Brussels has “shown the EU in their true colours,” according to Nick de Bois. The former Tory MP and current talkRADIO host said that the latest EU threats to the UK was the “behaviour you expect from a tin pot, republic dictatorship”. In the past week, the EU has threatened to block vaccine exports to the UK, sparking a fierce war of words between the two sides.
Mr de Bois said told fellow radio host Mike Graham: “You cannot look back at last week without looking at frankly what was the shocking protectionism on display from the EU and the very tempered response from the UK Government.
“The EU have stepped up and basically said they are going to ignore contracts made legitimately between countries. They said ‘We are going to impose state control on what is produced’.
“They even talk about EU vaccines – these are not EU vaccines! These are vaccines produced by companies that have bases in the EU.
“The state wants to step in in the most aggressive fashion, tear up legal contracts and say they are acting in the public interest.”
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The former Tory MP, who served as Chief of Staff to Dominic Raab, added: “At the same time, they have the cheek, as Charles Michel, President of the EU Council, did, to actually accuse Britain without any foundation of practising vaccine nationalism.
“They have threatened vaccine nationalism. Raab is quite right. This is the sort of behaviour you expect from a tin pot, republic dictatorship.
“This has shown the EU in their true colours. It is very disappointing. But the Government has responded calmly and sensibly.”
In the fall-out from the vaccine threat, Ursula von der Leyen warned that if Covid vaccine supplies in Europe do not improve, the EU “will reflect whether exports to countries who have higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate”.
The foreign secretary said: “I think it takes some explaining because the world’s watching. It also cuts across the direct assurances that we had from the commission.
“We expect those assurances and legal contracted supply to be respected. Frankly, I’m surprised we’re having this conversation.
“It is normally what the UK and EU team up with to reject when other countries with less democratic regimes than our own engage in that kind of brinkmanship.”
It has since emerged that capitals including Paris, Berlin and Rome backed the bloc’s threat to halt vaccine exports to countries that were not reciprocating, including Britain.