The former Brexit Party MEP was invited onto Thursday morning’s show to discuss moves by EU Commission’s Ursula von der Leyen which threaten to restrict the movement of vaccines to the UK amid the EU’s chronic shortages in supply. took the opportunity to robustly defend the decision of the British people to leave the European Union, telling Good Morning Britain: “Thank Heaven for Brexit.”
The Brexiteer continued: “They are now in a panic because they have made a complete mess of vaccine procurement.
“If you think back to the early days when we were simply approving the vaccine, ordering them, just getting on with it.
“The EU was dragging its feet, was condemning us for being to precipitate.
“Then our vaccine programme started to roll and the EU at one point actually tried to close the Irish border without even talking to the Irish Prime Minister.”
Ms Widdecombe’s strong words for the EU came to President von der Leyen accused the UK of having failed to reciprocate the bloc’s generosity when it came to trading in vaccines.
She demanded “reciprocity and proportionality” in exports and stressed that while 10 million doses of vaccine had gone from the EU to the UK, AstraZeneca vaccines are not being sent back the other way across the Channel.
Speaking at a press conference earlier on Wednesday, Ms von der Leyen said: “We will reflect on whether exports to countries who have higher vaccination rates than us are still proportionate.”
She said that “41 million doses have been exported to 33 countries” as she warned, “open roads run in both directions”.
The EU rate of vaccine doses administered per 100 people stands at 11.81, according to a tracker on the Our World In Data website.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said the bloc is facing “the crisis of this century” amid a chronic shortage of vaccines on the continent.
This is in stark contrast to the UK’s rate of 39.04 and 33.11 in the US.
As of Tuesday, the UK had given 25.2 million people the first dose of the vaccine.