The Express, May 17, John Longworth
Each time there has been a vote in the last five years the people of Britain have opted to leave the EU. Referenda, European and General Elections have borne this out. In the end even Parliament agreed.
We left the EU in January of this year, in principle but not in practice. The UK remains tied to the EU via a transition period during which we must apply EU rules and pay our way without any say. Ironically the EU has been so preoccupied with the Corona crisis that they have not had time to cause mischief, so far.
However, it is the very existence of this pestilence which makes our leaving the transition, as we are legally obliged to do at the end of 2020, so important.
Most of the measures that we and for that matter Member States of the EU have implemented to fight Covid 19 would not normally be permitted by the EU: closing borders; economic aid including grants, loans, furloughing and tax adjustments; relaxing the precautionary principle on PPE and drug testing etc.
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