Brexit: EU 'have shown their true colours' with UK says host
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Mark Dolan discussed the European Union’s vaccination programme and the recent row regarding the UK’s financial sector and its access to the bloc. Mr Dolan revealed that while he voted for remain, it was becoming obvious to him that he should have voted for the other side as he watches Europe struggle to roll out vaccines. Speaking with political commentator Calvin Robinson, the pair dismantled the recent moves from the EU and the benefits of being outside of it.
The talkRADIO host said: “Well, I just wonder whether the mask has slipped and whether its the vaccine row or now this row on services and the status of the City of London.
“The EU has revealed its true colours, and a remainer like me is now starting to have biased guilt for having voted to stay.”
Disagreements about the UK’s financial sector and its access to European markets are beginning to boil over.
Former Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier and EU Financial Commissioner Mairead McGuinness insisted Brussels could not accept financial equivalence with the UK if it massively “diverges” from the rules.
Little was introduced for the UK’s financial sector post-Brexit as Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey warned the EU was asking for more when compared to other third countries.
Calvin Robinson continued: “I said all along its a protectionist racket and they’ve shown their true colours and how negative they can be.
“They want to stamp us out, they want to make a point that if you leave this club you will be punished because they don’t want anyone else to leave.
“And other countries like Italy are considering that they can be better off outside of the EU.
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“I mean look at what’s happened with Britain and the vaccines, we’re leading in the world and it’s fantastic what is going on her.
“More countries are going to look at the reaction from the EU and how they treated our financial services and how they’re treating the vaccine (rollout) and will think ‘is this a club I want to be part of?’.”
Mr Dolan then pointed out: “And weaponising a border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.”
Mr Robinson replied: “Which was one of the main things they said shouldn’t happen but the moment it is in their interest to do so then let’s run with the border.”
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The EU’s vaccination programme has slumped as the bloc failed to secure doses for its citizens in time.
It has led to enhanced border rules which prevents vaccines from being exported from the continent without “advanced notification” and approval.
The EU Commission triggered Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol, which was quickly retracted, to suspend parts of the deal and to erect a hard border across NI to monitor goods.
European countries which were relying on the EU to procure doses, like Hungary and Serbia, have looked elsewhere to secure their vaccines directly and have made agreements with Russia.
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