Lies, Falsehoods and Misrepresentations from Boris Johnson to Rishi Sunak

‎”We wouldn’t have had the vaccine roll-out that was so successful if we had been within the European Union”

Michael Gove, Levelling Up Secretary, Sky News

Facts

Until the 1st of January 2021, the UK was in a transition period within the EU. It was, at the time, still a member of the EU’s single market and of the EMA. Throughout this transition period, the UK and its medical agencies operated under EMA rules.

The UK’s vaccines were procured whilst still a member of the single market and the EMA. Further, the UK’s early rollout was secured by the use of Regulation 174, an EU provision allowing member states to bypass the authorisation of the EMA and issue their own medicines.

Verdict

The UK’s vaccine rollout had nothing to do with Brexit. Vaccines were procured whilst the UK was still a member of the single market and the EMA. The vaccine rollout was approved under an EU regulation which was available to all EU member states. Gove was wrong to say that the UK was able to enact its vaccine rollout due to Brexit, as the UK was still in a transition period and operating under EU rules at the time when vaccinations were procured and authorised.

Michael Gove was repeating one of Boris Johnson’s favourite lies. He was badly misleading Sky TV viewers.

We emailed Mr Gove’s office offering him the chance to respond. The email was received, but no reply.

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