Brexit LIVE: Spike in anti-EU support after UK splits from ‘sluggish Brussels bureaucracy’

Brexit LIVE: Spike in anti-EU support after UK splits from ‘sluggish Brussels bureaucracy’

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THE UK vaccine rollout shows there are benefits of not being tied to EU rules, an expert has claimed.

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Julian Jessop, of think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs claimed the fact the UK had vaccinated more than EU nations showed the “benefits of decoupling from sluggish EU decision making and bureaucracy”.

He added: “To be fair, it’s no coincidence that Brexit Britain has rolled out the vaccines more quickly than the EU.”

The professor was also referring to a poll carried out by Ipsos Mori which showed those who believe Brexit has been positive have a slight edge – 39 percent versus 38 percent.

Meanwhile, 17 percent claimed the UK leaving the EU made no difference.

Keiran Pedley, Ipsos Mori’s director of politics, said: “It is striking how we have witnessed such a sharp increase in positive sentiment towards Brexit in just a month.

“Whilst this data cannot directly link such an increase to the vaccine rollout and related rows between the UK and the EU, it would be a surprise if this wasn’t playing a part in this shift in sentiment.”

1,128 Brits were polled between March 26 and 29.


Michel Barnier

Polling was undertaken last week (Image: Getty)

Lord Frost

39 percent expressed support for leaving the EU (Image: Express Newspapers )

9:15am update: Watch out, EU! UK could take legal action over shellfish ban as huge Brexit feud erupts

UK ministers are considering launching a legal challenge against the European Union’s ban on live shellfish caught in UK waters.

The position announced by the European Commission prevents scallops, clams, cockles, oysters and mussels known as bivalve molluscs from being exported to the bloc unless they are ready for human consumption after being purified.

But with a separate threat of court proceedings from 20 shellfish firms against the UK over the post-Brexit arrangements with the EU, ministers are considering their options.

8:30am update: Petrol bombs thrown in Brexit related protests in NI 

Police have come under attack as violence flared during another night of sporadic disorder in parts of Northern Ireland.

Petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at officers in loyalist areas in Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus on Sunday night.

It was the second night in a row that trouble broke out at the Cloughfern roundabout in Newtownabbey on the outskirts of Belfast, although the violence was not as prolonged as on Saturday night.

Tensions have soared within the loyalist community in recent months over post-Brexit trading arrangements which have been claimed to have created barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

Fishing Boats

Fisheries have been a key issue for leaving the EU (Image: Getty)


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