The Brexit Blog

The Brexit Blog
News and comment on the Brexit process, as Britain tries to leave the EU.

Thursday 29 April 2021

Britain To Recognise EU Ambassador


Britain is preparing to grant full diplomatic status to the European Union’s ambassador, João Vale de Almeida,concluding a dispute that has strained relations between the two sides for the past year.

João Vale de Almeida took up his post as the EU’s first ambassador to London last spring after Brexit but was denied formal recognition.

Wednesday 28 April 2021

EU Parliament Ratifies Brexit


660 MEPs voted in favour of Brexit trade deal 

5 votes against

32 abstentions 

Tuesday 27 April 2021

EU Sues AstraZeneca


The EU, in a desperate attempt to deflect attention from its abysmal handling of vaccine procurement and roll-out, is suing AstraZeneca.

Whisper it quietly, but there are 11 million unused doses of AZ in the Netherlands.

In other news, the EU won't make any decision about helping India until sometime in May!

Friday 16 April 2021

EU To Ditch AstraZeneca

All that fuss and smearing of AZ only foir the EU to ditch it!

I doubt that AZ will be entirely unhappy to lose the EU, given how difficult the EU was to deal with. However, the EU's decision is remarkably risky and costly given:

1 AZ is sold at cost

2 The EU has not yet signed a contract with Novavax!

Thursday 15 April 2021

EU's Vaccination Programme Holed Below The Waterline

The EU's vaccination programme has been holed below the waterline by a combination of 3 factors:

1 The deliberate smear campaign orchestrated by Macron et al against AZ.

2 The failure of vdL's vaccine procurement programme.

3 The decision by various countries to pause, restrict and in Denmark's case outlaw AZ vaccinations.

4 The pause in deliveries of the J&J vaccine.

Thursday 8 April 2021

The Empire Strikes Back - Britain Breaks EU's Australian Vaccine Blockade


Britain has put family first, wrt Covid vaccines.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age reports that Australia’s early rollout has been propped up by 717,000 doses manufactured in the UK rather than from factories in Europe as widely believed.

The need to source jabs from the UK underscores the difficulties Australia and AstraZeneca have faced in extracting supply from the EU under the bloc’s tough new export controls. It is now known that not a single AstraZeneca dose has been exported to Australia from Europe. 

The first 300,000 UK-made doses landed at Sydney Airport on February 28 – one month after the European Commission introduced new curbs limiting the export of vaccines produced on the Continent.

The Morrison government said at the time that the shipment had come from “overseas”, which was presumed to be continental Europe, a major hub for production.

Another large batch arrived on an Emirates passenger plane in March, well after Italy and the European Commission formally blocked an application by AstraZeneca to ship 250,000 doses to Australia.


Tuesday 6 April 2021

EU Blockades Australia


 This will backfire on the EU.

Thursday 1 April 2021

EU Ignores Barnier's Call for End of Vaccine War - #VaccineGate

Michel Barnier says farewell to EU Commission on last day - 'without  nostalgia' | Politics | News |

Barnier quoted by EuroGuido:

“It is true that the UK has a quicker vaccination rate compared to the EU. But the fight against COVID 19 is more than speed of vaccination, important as that is… We will all find strong and weaker points in how we managed this. But there is no place, in such a serious situation, for polemics and competition. There are so many more reasons to cooperate, in the short and the long term.”

However, today the EU has once again threatened to suspend exports of the AstraZeneca jab to the UK unless the company delivers the vaccines manufactured within the EU to its member countries first, with internal market commissioner Thierry Breton claiming “there is nothing to negotiate” and that “the doses must stay in Europe