The Telegraph, March 28, Iain Duncan Smith MP
While the UK grows in self-confidence, the EU is being shown up as the incompetent organisation it is.
Ihave lost count of the number of times I’ve been lectured over the last few years about how in all its might and power, the EU would bulldoze the UK after Brexit. As the months of negotiation with the EU, characterised by indecision and weakness in the May Government, turned into years, it was hard to disagree.
But even in the teeth of Covid, it is becoming apparent that the UK is re-discovering its national self-confidence.
In fact, nothing exemplifies this growth as much as the decision Boris Johnson made that the UK would buy its own Covid vaccines. It was a bold thing to do, and, considering most of the establishment was against him, brave.
Remember how he was warned by so many (including Keir Starmer) that if the UK had the nationalistic temerity to go it alone on vaccines, we would be left bobbing along in the EU’s wake? The attacks were shrill, repetitive, formulaic, but as it turns out, very wrong.
Those critics look rather silly now. But nothing compared to the EU.
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