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Brexit news latest – Boris blasts EU after Brussels threatened to block UK’s Pfizer vaccine supply after AstraZeneca row

BORIS Johnson tore into the EU for threatening to block the export of the UK's Pfizer vaccine supply.

He warned we expected the EU to honour contracts to provide tens of millions of doses.

Speaking at the No 10 press conference yesterday, Mr Johnson insisted: “I don’t want to see restrictions on vaccines or their ingredients across borders.”

It was revealed that, due to delays approving the vaccine and the EU's joint-procurement system, the bloc will receive just 30 million doses of the UK-made AstraZeneca rather than the 80 million they ordered.

The development has left the EU fuming and threatening to hinder supplies of the lifesaving Belgium-made Pfizer vaccine heading into Britain by demanding companies ask for permission to take vaccines out of the bloc.

The move sparked widespread fury in the UK but this afternoon the EU doubled down on its threat - even suggesting Britain had squirrelled away the EU's 50 million dose order deficit for itself, the Telegraph reported.

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  • BREXIT-THEMED TEXT SCAM CIRCULATING UK

    Brits are being urged to be vigilant as a Brexit-themed text scam reportedly makes it's way around the UK.

    The Chartered Standards Trading Institute reported receiving evidence of a text scam, themed around the UK's exit from the European Union.

    The message read: "we need to verify your identity to keep up with EU standards".

    It then instructed the recipient that "to avoid restrictions" they must visit a website to upload their personal details. 

    Lead officer at CTSI, Katherine Hart, urged recipients of the message to report it to authorities.

  • CAN I DRIVE IN THE EU AFTER BREXIT?

    From January 1, many EU countries will need you to get an International Driving Permit.

    That costs £5.50 at your local Post Office.

    You will also have to apply for a ‘green card’ to prove you have the right car insurance.

    The certificates are free of charge – but they’re also really important.

    Travellers who forget them will be forced to buy expensive ‘frontier’ insurance in the country they are visiting.

  • JOHNSON HITS OUT AT EU IN JAB ROW

    Boris Johnson has tore into the EU for threatening to block the export of millions of Covid jabs to Britain.

    Furious, the PM said the virus "knows no boarders" in the row over contracts.

    In a warning shot at the EU he added: "All I would say is obviously we expect and hope that our EU friends will honour all contracts.

    "And we continue to work with friends and partners in the EU, and indeed around the world, because the delivery of the vaccine has been a multinational effort, the creation of the vaccine has been a multinational effort, and the delivery of the vaccine is multinational as well, because the virus knows no borders." he said. 

  • AMAZON PREPARES TO REMOVE PRODUCTS

    Amazon has stopped selling booze to customers in Northern Ireland as it battles with new custom rules post-Brexit.

    The online giant fears taxes will now have to be paid twice on all shipments of wine, beer and spirits sent from British mainland across the Irish Sea.

    One Amazon customer from Belfast, who didn’t want to be identified, told ITV News his subscription for a delivery of whisky every three months had been cancelled. 

    “My biggest issue is they will no longer supply any alcohol to Northern Ireland, despite me being a Prime customer and having bought hundreds of items over the past fifteen years,” he said.

  • EUROPE: COVID JAB SPOTS

    The PM insisted he has "total confidence in our supplies" of jabs and called on the EU to "honour all contracts" in a slap down to eurocrats.

  • HANCOCK BRANDED VACCINE PROTECTIONISM AS "NARROW NATIONALISM"

    Matt Hancock denounced vaccine "protectionism" after the EU threatened to tighten rules on exports of jabs produced within its boarders.

    The health secretary said what he deemed “narrow nationalism” was “not the right approach in a pandemic.

    Leading financial experts warned that Britain's economy is set to become significantly smaller.

  • DUTCH WAREHOUSE BOOM

    Warehousing companies in the Netherlands have been inundated with requests from British businesses looking to rent space, say reports.

    Thousands of small businesses have been plunged into crisis by the UK’s departure from the EU.

    Many have now been left with no option but to invest in distribution networks within mainland Europe.

    The number of British companies searching for a base in the Netherlands has doubled in the last 18 months, says the country's Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA).

  • HISTORIC ENGLISH SHOE-MAKER COUNTS THE COSTS OF BREXIT

    At Tricker’s, a 192-year-old maker of English luxury shoes beloved by Prince Charles and Japanese fashionistas, relief at averting a no-deal Brexit quickly turned to dismay at the new price of doing business with the European Union.

    Invoices are mounting from parcel firms that ship the company’s heavy brogue shoes and boots – which typically sell for £450 pounds to EU clients, saddling it with extra costs that could hit £100,000 a year.

    A last-gasp trade deal between London and Brussels avoided the big barrier of border tariffs.

    But Tricker’s, like many firms on both sides of the border, is finding that paying value-added tax has become a lot more complicated for direct sales to consumers.

  • BORIS DECLINES TO GIVE NHS STAFF BONUS

    Boris Johnson has not yet decided to give NHS staff in England a financial bonus after health and social care colleagues in Scotland were given a £500 payment as a thank you for their hard work during the pandemic.

    When asked about the bonus, Mr Johnson instead said: “We do our absolute utmost to support our wonderful NHS staff and indeed have had a three-year pay package for nurses, that I think was 12.8 per cent, and will continue to invest record sums in the NHS.

    “I think the amount we invested in the NHS even before the pandemic began was more than any time in modern memory, £34bn package of investment, and that will continue under this government.”

  • BORIS 'BEHIND THE CURVE'

    Keir Starmer has accused Boris Johnson of being "behind the curve" in a damning interview today.

    “There's a strong sense I think that our government has been behind the curve at every stage," Sir Keir Starmer said as Boris Johnson addressed the nation after the UK death toll from the pandemic passed 100,000.

    “There has been a reluctance to take tough decisions when they needed to be taken," the Labour leader told reporters.

    “And here we are today, we find ourselves with this awful milestone of 100,000 deaths from Covid.”

  • BREXIT-THEMED TEXT SCAM CIRCULATING UK

    Brits are being urged to be vigilant as a Brexit-themed text scam reportedly makes it's way around the UK.

    The Chartered Standards Trading Institute reported receiving evidence of a text scam, themed around the UK's exit from the European Union.

    The message read: "we need to verify your identity to keep up with EU standards".

    It then instructed the recipient that "to avoid restrictions" they must visit a website to upload their personal details. 

    Lead officer at CTSI, Katherine Hart, urged recipients of the message to report it to authorities.

  • DON’T BE FOOLED

  • ENVIRONMENT BILL DELAY SLAMMED

    Friends of the Earth campaigner Kierra Box said the delay was “not the action of a government wanting to demonstrate world leadership on the environmental crisis” in the post-Brexit world. 

    Meanwhile, Sarah Woolnough, chief executive of Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation raised concerns that the “national health crisis” of air pollution was being “pushed aside”.

  • IMF: UK OUTPUT FALLS

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut Britain's growth outlook for 2021 because of the resurgent covid crisis and Brexit. 

    The IMF estimates Britain was the worst-hit of the world's seven largest advanced economies last year, suffering a 10.0 per cent decline in output.

    At least 1 per cent of this was because of Brexit disruption.

  • NOW EU CLAIMS ITS COVID JABS MAY HAVE ENDED UP IN BRITAIN

    A furious EU Commission spokesman said today: "We see that doses are being delivered elsewhere and we know we’ve signed an agreement with AstraZeneca in August.

    "Member States placed their orders around October and we’re now at the end of January, therefore we believe the doses should be basically available to be delivered."

    An EU diplomat added: "There are people in Brussels who think that vaccines originally supposed to build up the EU vaccine stock and to be delivered to the EU after market authorisation have actually ended up in Britain."

  • UK-EU FREIGHT VOLUMES DOWN 38%, TRUCK DATA INDICATES

    Stockpiling, problems adapting to the post-Brexit customs border and the Covid hit to the economy have all reduced the flow of goods moving between Britain and the EU although it is starting to stabilise.

    The data comes from Sixfold and Transporeon, Europe's largest supply chain & logistics technology platform that connects suppliers, retailers, shippers and more than 100,000 logistics service providers.

  • UK HEALTH SECRETARY MATT HANCOCK HITS OUT AT EU COVID VACCINE THREAT

    It comes as the bloc threatened to impose controls on the export of coronavirus vaccines.

    Hancock said: “Protectionism is not the right approach in a pandemic”.

    He also said he had spoken to manufacturers Astrazeneca and Pfizer and added: “I’m confident of the supply of vaccines into the UK.”

  • WHAT IS THE EUROPEAN UNION?

    The European Union is an economic and political partnership.

    There are currently 28 members states including the United Kingdom.

    It began as a trade group of six nations in the 1950s.

    The UK first applied to join what was then the European Economic Community in 1961 and finally became a member in 1973.

    Now called the European Union, it has grown to include former Soviet bloc states and has at its heart a "single market" allowing goods and people to move freely.

  • WHAT IS BREXIT?

    Brexit is the merging of the words "Britain" and "exit" and refers to the country's exit from the European Union.

    The term has been widely used ever since the idea of a referendum on the UK leaving the trading bloc was put forward.

    More than 30 million people voted in the June 2016 referendum with a turnout of 71.8 per cent. Leave won by 52 per cent to 48 per cent.

  • POLICE CHIEFS 'CONFIDENT' IN UK'S BREXIT SECURITY AGREEMENT

    Senior figures at the National Crime Agency (NCA) and the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) told peers a "good deal" was in place after the end of the transition period, which largely mirrored existing arrangements, and at this stage they do not think it has left "gaps" in their ability to fight crime.

    Earlier this month Government officials insisted the UK was not missing out on intelligence about wanted criminals after losing access to the European Union's Schengen Information System II (SIS II) database of alerts about people and stolen items such as guns and cars, which it has been using since 2015.

    As a result, some 40,000 alerts on dangerous criminals and wanted suspects had to be deleted at the end of December when the country left the EU.

  • SCOTTISH AND WELSH GOVERNMENTS IN JOINT EFFORT TO MAINTAIN ERASMUS SCHEME

    Ministers in Scotland and Wales say they will work together to explore how students in their countries can benefit from the Erasmus exchange programme, despite the UK leaving due to Brexit.

    The Scottish and Welsh governments say the proposed replacement for Erasmus falls short of what the EU programme offered.

    The UK Government's alternative - named the Turing Scheme after the codebreaker Alan Turing - will receive around £100 million in the next academic year.

  • BREXIT-THEMED TEXT SCAM CIRCULATING UK

    Brits are being urged to be vigilant as a Brexit-themed text scam reportedly makes it's way around the UK.

    The Chartered Standards Trading Institute reported receiving evidence of a phishing text scam, themed around the UK's exit from the European Union.

    The message read: "we need to verify your identity to keep up with EU standards".

    It then instructed the recipient that "to avoid restrictions" they must visit a website to upload their personal details. 

    Lead officer at CTSI, Katherine Hart, urged recipients of the message to report it to authorities.

  • FRANCE PLOTS TO CUT OFF BRITAIN FROM POWER GRID TO KEEP CONTROL OVER FISHERIES

    French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian argued France intends to strong-arm the UK into giving its fishing vessels continued access into UK waters past 2026.

     Speaking to France 3 Bretagne, he said the French will be hoping to renew rather than change the current deal on fisheries,

    And, he said, if the UK were to argue against this, France could threaten to make things difficult for the UK in the energy market.

  • PARLIAMENT TO DEBATE LACK OF VISA-FREE TRAVEL FOR MUSICIANS

    MPs will debate the post-Brexit travel arrangements for musicians and other touring artists.

    This comes after a petition calling on the government to negotiate visa-free work permit with the EU.

    It gained more than 100,000 signatures.

  • ‘BREXIT DEAL SKEWED IN FAVOUR OF THE EU’

    Britain’s economy is set to become “significantly smaller” because of the Brexit deal, according to the leading financial analysts at Moody’s.

    In a scathing report, Moody’s said the agreement was “skewed in favour of the EU, with the UK willing to accept significant new barriers to trade in areas in which it has a competitive advantage”.

    It adds: “The new arrangements … will entail significant negative macroeconomic consequences for the UK that are structural in nature.”

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