Boris Johnson told to stop ‘appeasing’ EU as Brexit an ‘existential threat’ to bloc

Brexit: UK 'can be a global trading nation without EU' says MP

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Former Brexit Party MEP Ben Habib called upon the Government to “cease appeasing” the bloc and “start standing up to it”. Mr Habib argued the EU “wishes to damage the UK” and the Government have to acknowledge the threat.

In his opinion piece in the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Habib said Brexit is an”existential crisis” for the EU.

He wrote: “Brexit presents an existential threat to the EU.

“In its view, the UK must be seen to suffer, in order to bind in other states.

“What we need to do, and should have done from the start, is take unilateral steps to protect British geopolitical, commercial and trade interests.

“The EU has capitalised on the absence of British leadership (and the Northern Ireland Protocol in particular) to threaten the unity of the United Kingdom.”

Mr Habib’s comments come just days after he urged the Prime Minister to stand down as leader of the country and allow a new leader to get the country back on track.

He told “I have, for some time, been pondering the Prime Minister’s position.

“My doubts began last year when it became plain he had made no preparations for a no-deal outcome with the EU, his threat to walk away from negotiations was false and he would sign the UK into a lousy deal.

“As sure as night follows day, that is what he has done, including leaving part of the UK behind and partitioning the country – a first for any country in history that has not just been defeated in war.”

In his scathing attack on the Prime Minister, Mr Habib described Mr Johnson as lacking “vision, is unable to plan and is worse at execution”.

Mr Habib continued: “He has been buffeted from one problem to another both with Brexit and his handling of the pandemic.

“He does not lead. He lacks vision, is unable to plan and is worse at execution.

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“His Covid inspired policies have done huge damage to the nation’s economy, democracy and indeed health.”

This comes amid an ongoing bitter row between Britain and the bloc over coronavirus vaccine supplies.

At the end of January, a row over coronavirus vaccine supplies prompted the EU to use the “nuclear” option of invoking Article 16.

This is part of the Northern Ireland Protocol which governs the island’s trading arrangements with the EU and Great Britain.

The Northern Ireland protocol was one of the biggest issues during negotiations between the EU and UK last year.

It was designed to keep trade flowing smoothly on the island and to avoid a hard border and checkpoints.

Last week, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen threatened to ban the AstraZeneca vaccine – which was developed with Oxford University – from being exported from the continent.

She said the pharmaceutical company must “catch up” on deliveries to the EU before they export to other countries.

Mrs von der Leyen said: “I think it is clear that first of all the company has to catch up.

“[It] has to honour the contract it has with European member states before it can engage again in exporting vaccines.

“We want to explain to our European citizens that they [can] get their fair share.”

Mr Johnson warned the “blockades” were “not sensible”.

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