EU unable sell itself to its citizens as ‘childlike’ tactic blown open ‘big defensive act’

EU’s ‘act is very childlike and revealing’ says expert

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Brexit Party MEP Belinda de Lucy took aim at the threats made by the EU to ban exports of vaccines developed on the continent. Ms de Lucy furiously pointed out that many European countries would be reeling from the pandemic long after it had subsided and would look to their neighbours to build back. The commentator said when that time came, Europe would wish it had not made enemies. 

Speaking on talkRADIO, Ms de Lucy said: “I don’t think from a moral point of view they’re not gonna win this one. 

“I really don’t, I think this sort of big defensive act that they’re putting on it’s very childlike and it’s very revealing. 

“It’s not a project that’s confident in itself and can sell itself to its citizens anymore. 

“All it does now is sort of retreat and defend and when they feel attacked Brexit, being a success, is an attack on the EU in the way they perceive it. 

“They get defensive and play very badly and I just don’t think they’ll be able to get away with it for much longer. 

“I think if they want to save their idea of being peacekeeping almost like a religion project that is seen around the world is this glorious thing we should all kneel down to. 

“They need to change tactics very quickly, these are not EU vaccines that they’re stopping exporting. 

“These vaccines happened to be manufactured in Europe but they do not belong to the EU, they bought and paid for by [others]. 

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“So if they are serious about putting a blockade on them they are going to create not just a difficult relationship with their nearest neighbours the UK but plenty of other countries around the world. 

“And I tell you what, the next few years are going to be very tricky economically for a lot of the southern countries in Europe especially. 

“They don’t want to be making enemies in terms of especially trade and international relations, so I think they will calm down.”

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen threatened vaccine export bans to countries that have high vaccination rates. 

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An ongoing row between AstraZeneca and the EU regarding vaccine supply continues to boil over as Ms von der Leyen attempts to fix Europe’s failing vaccination programme. 

European countries also paused the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine amid fears it caused fatal blood clots. 

But the World Health Organisation and the European Medicine Agency warned the vaccines were safe to use. 

While some countries have restarted the AstraZeneca rollout many fear vaccine hesitancy – an issue already prevalent on the continent – will get much worse.

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