EU: Von der Leyen's power 'is like a dictatorship' says Nici
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Conservative MP Lia Nici has slammed the EU Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen as an “unelected official” and insisted Britain’s future role outside of the European Union will see the country become a “global powerhouse.” The “blue wall” Tory predicted Brexit is to play a crucial role in Britain’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and added that the crisis within the EU over the bloc’s vaccine programme management demonstrated why being an “independent state” was”key” for where the UK needs to go in the future.
The MP for Great Grimsby told Express.co.uk: “Being an independent state is absolutely key to where we want to head in the future.
“As you would have seen this week we are looking at new ways of procurement without being shackled to EU regulations and rules.
“UK products can lead the world,” added Ms Nici, “Our thinking, our ideas, our creativity that is what is going to be key in the future.
“So it is absolutely fantastic that we are now an independent state.”
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The Conservative backbencher continued: “The reality is that we voted to come out of the EU, that was the majority. We are a democracy.
“I am not sure we can say that about the EU anymore.
“Ursula Von der Leyen is a non-elected official! It any other parlance that would be called a dictatorship.
“We are very proud that we live in a democracy and that flexibility will make sure that we become a powerhouse in the world even more so than we are now.”
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Ms Von der Leyen was accused of orchestrating a “diplomatic disaster” after she triggered Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol, which was only supposed to be invoked in the face of “serious” problems.
Guy Verhofstadt, the senior liberal MEP, hit out at the EU chief over the bloc’s vaccines “fiasco” amid a new export approval that “burdens” the jab rollout.
According to the Times, he also hit out at Ms von der Leyen for pushing to create a hard Irish border last month, putting a strain on diplomatic ties with Britain.
The former Belgian prime minister said: “The use of the Article 16 of the Northern Ireland protocol has been a diplomatic disaster that destroyed in a few seconds the seriousness of the negotiations with the UK conducted by Michel Barnier for more than three years.”
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He also accused Ms von der Leyen of “prolonging drastically the COVID pandemic on mainland Europe.”
Mr Verhofstadt said: “A fiasco I called it and a fiasco it is. After two months the rollout of vaccines is dramatically low in Europe.
“On average no more than four percent of European citizens received a first dose.”
The EU has so far delivered 22.3 million doses of coronavirus vaccines, at a rate of five per 100 people.
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