Brussels on brink: EU member states acted on ‘own’ during pandemic as cracks in bloc show

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The Conservative MP for Great Grimsby told Express.co.uk that nations in the European Union did their “own thing” in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Ms Nici added that this has cast doubt regarding the sustainability of the ideology that some countries in the EU want moving forward.

The Conservative MP said: “Obviously, the coronavirus pandemic has been terrible for so many people and it has been a huge challenge.

“I think it is very interesting that when the EU politically and ideologically wants to be seen as a whole nation-state as soon as the pandemic started different individual countries within the EU did their own thing.

“They closed their own borders, they had their own arrangements.

“I think that really shows that the state of the European Union isn’t necessarily sustainable in the ideologically way that perhaps some countries want moving forward.”

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She continued: “We all know that the north, south, east and west of Europe are very different culturally.

“They work in different ways, they have different industries.

“I think if the EU is going to survive, major countries like Germany and France need to understand that other countries want to be more involved.”

During the same interview with Express.co.uk Ms Lici told Michel Barnier to “wind his neck in” and get on with sensible negotiations over a post-Brexit trade deal.    

The Conservative MP stated that Mr Barnier is full of bluster and threats regarding Britain’s fishing waters.

Ms Nici also warned the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator that the UK holds the cards during the trade talks.  

The Conservative MP said: “Mr Barnier is full of bluster and threats.

“We have the cards, we are a sovereign nation and we have our fishing waters.

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“At this point the EU fishing vessels are able to fish in our waters but that doesn’t have to continue if we can’t get on with a sensible deal.

“In my Grimsby words, Mr Barnier needs to wind his neck in and get on with some sensible negotiations.”

The UK officially left the European Union at the end of January this year.

Britain is currently in a transition period until the end of 2020 with the EU while the government negotiates a free trade deal with the bloc.

The transition will come to an end at the end of 2020. Boris Johnson has ruled out extending the transition period, despite the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

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