Tonight we have witnessed some remarkably bad behaviour from the EU, after the bloc unilaterally announced that it was controlling the exports of vaccines from its territory – a move that threatens to introduce a hard border on the island of Ireland.
But perhaps more surprising is that the EU’s poor behaviour has even managed to convince some die-hard Remainers that the apex of civilisation no longer resides in Brussels. And while some prominent anti-Brexit campaigners appear to prefer to stay silent today, it appears that the EU’s continent-wide tantrum over its inability to procure vaccines has almost united the country in disgust.
Below are a handful of surprising new additions to the Euro-sceptic cause. (Interestingly, Mr S notes that former People’s Vote front-man Keir Starmer has been very quiet this afternoon.)
— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) January 29, 2021
The European Union was originally inspired by Christian social teaching - at the heart of which is solidarity.Seeking to control the export of vaccines undercuts the EU’s basic ethics. They need to work together with others.
— Adam Boulton (@adamboultonSKY) January 29, 2021
New Twist: EU leaders make the case for Brexit.
— Simon Coveney (@simoncoveney) January 29, 2021
We are working with the EU Commission to try to resolve this issue and protect the integrity and operation of the NI Protocol. https://t.co/noTL49v4Go
— Tim Farron (@timfarron) January 29, 2021
Wish we were still in the EU. Utterly disgusted by the EU leadership’s behaviour. That is all.
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) January 28, 2021
Obviously I'm a die-hard Remoaner ultra but the EU isn't exactly covering itself in glory over vaccines.
— Owen Jones 🌹 (@OwenJones84) January 29, 2021
The EU is completely and utterly messing up the vaccines. Dire.
— Dan Bloom (@danbloom1) January 29, 2021
The Lib Dems have condemned the EU pic.twitter.com/X7AV8rutm8
— Carl Bildt (@carlbildt) January 29, 2021
I had hoped not to see 🇪🇺 leading the world down the destructive path of vaccine nationalism. Our continent’s entire history of success has been one of open global value chains.