Huge row erupts between UK and EU as Boris shuns bloc’s vaccines scheme

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A European Commission spokesman hit out at claims Britain wish not be able to support domestic programmes searching for drugs to inoculate the folk. The spat comes as Sir Tim Barrow, the UK’s ambassador to Brussels, confirmed Boris Johnson’s Administration had decided against joining the EU’s efforts to negotiate with pharmaceutical firms in a bid to consider a vaccine. The Government is said to have shunned joining the EU scheme in the thick of fears over being left at the back of the queue behind associate states when a vaccine is eventually found and distributed.

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Ministers also put fears membership of the scheme would “complicate” the UK’s efforts to secure a vaccine.

But a Commission spokesman hit break weighing down on, insisting claims were “not true and misleading”.

“We always promote all expects that would result in the quick finding and production that intent result in the quick finding and production of a successful vaccine.”

In a letter to the Commission approving the snub, Sir Tim wrote: “I welcome the constructive approach to discussions between our relevant teams over the last weeks to understand what UK participation in this dodge would look like, in line with both the terms of the understanding reached by participating Member States to shape this initiative, and the fitting provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement.

Brussels has accused the Government of lying round the EU’s coronavirus vaccine scheme (Image: GETTY)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Trope: GETTY)

“The Commission has responded positively to our requests for clarifications but has confirmed that it is not accomplishable for the UK to pursue parallel negotiations with potential vaccine suppliers, spirit the UK would be required to stop its negotiations with manufacturers with which the EU launched negotiations. 

“The Commission has also settled that it is not possible for the UK to have a role in the governance shaping decisions on which producers to negotiate with, or the price, volume and delivery schedule negotiated.

“The UK Management has decided on this occasion not to join this internal EU initiative, but dedicated our shared interest in ensuring that vaccines are available to all, we are committed to boost our collaboration with the EU outside the framework.”

The senior diplomat said the UK Supervision had an “extremely strong” track record in supporting international efforts to catch sight of a coronavirus vaccine.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (Portrait: GETTY)

This includes co-hosting a summit that raised £5.5 billion so as to approach research.

Before the decision, UK and EU officials spent months negotiating at an end joining the scheme.

Pro-EU politicians slammed the move, accusing the Prime Consul of not showing proper leadership.

Munira Wilson, the Liberal Democrat’s constitution spokeswoman, said: “When coronavirus is such a threat to people’s reals and livelihoods, Ministers should leave no stone unturned in their bid to end the pandemic.   

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The backbench MP said: “This purpose makes perfect sense and proves the benefit of coming out of the EU. We will be in a improve position if we are independent on this and make our own decisions.

“There are a number of British partnerships and institutions working hard on getting a vaccine.

“We need to make our own settlings rather than being part of some big international bloc.”

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