Activist Peter Stefanovic yesterday criticized Boris Johnson’s claims in Parliament that Brexit had helped the UK prosper.
The lawyer and filmmaker slammed the Prime Minister’s claim that the ‘freedom’ of EU rules has allowed Britain to have ‘the fastest vaccine rollout in Europe’.
Stefanovic used a clip of June Raine, head of the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), in which she said the UK’s prick supply had in fact been activated by the Europe.
Raine said: “We were able to authorize the supply of this vaccine using the provisions of European law, which exist until January 1.
“So our speed, our progress, has been totally dependent on the availability of data in our ongoing review and the rigorous assessment and independent advice we have received.
“I hope this clarifies the point on the European relationship.”
‘Can he just get away with this?’
Stefanovic told TLE: “Not a single British news program has reported this and explained to viewers that the Prime Minister lied to Parliament yesterday?
“I don’t believe a single MP has called this and asked for the Prime Minister to be recalled to correct the record. Is it any wonder Johnson thinks he can keep getting away with this? »
Stefanovic also accused Johnson of misleading the public by suggesting the Brexit deal had given the UK the ‘fastest economic growth in the G7’ – and claimed the deal had hurt the economy.
“In fact, we now know that the damage to the UK economy from Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will be double that of a deadly pandemic that has blocked flights, shattered supply chains and caused entire industries to collapse overnight,” he said.
He then quoted the chairman of the Office for Budget Responsibility Richard Hughes, who said that since the referendum the OBR had assumed that the UK’s post-Brexit forecast would reduce “our potential long-term output by around 4%”.
“In our most recent forecast, as I mentioned, we think the effect of the pandemic is going to reduce that potential output by a further 2%, and so far the data we’ve seen on the impact of Brexit, especially taking into account that the new trade deals came into effect in January, is broadly in line with the assumption we had that it would reduce our long-term GDP by around 4%” , added Hughes.
In October, Stefanovic singled out Johnson for similar Brexit demands at a Tory conference – when the PM said the UK was using ‘new freedoms’ to speed up Britain’s beatings, and promised to using ‘Brexit freedoms’ to ‘do things differently’.
Stefanovic claimed at the time that the success of the vaccination program “had nothing to do with Brexit”.
During his conference speech in Manchester, Johnson also claimed the UK was heading towards a ‘high-wage’, ‘low-tax’ economy – despite the Conservatives’ National Insurance boost to from next year, representing the highest taxes since World War II.
Johnson said: “This is the direction the country is heading now – towards a high-wage, high-skilled, high-productivity and, yes, therefore low-tax economy. It is what the people of this country need and deserve.
“Yes, it will take time, and sometimes it will be difficult, but this is the change people voted for in 2016.”
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