Whatever the outcome of Sue Gray’s investigation, we must draw a line under the questions being faced by the Government.
The UK had one of the best vaccine programmes, but it kept its nightclubs closed for longer than France and Germany.
The suspension of the vaccine will lead to more problems in areas that are already struggling with their roll outs.
Some leaders realise the seriousness of the problem. Merkel’s spokesman has pleaded with Germans to take the “safe and highly effective” jab.
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Johnson the politician laid an ambush for Starmer, inducing him to deny ever having wanted Britain to stay in the European Medicines Agency.
I have said previously that I believe the Government has been pursuing a sensible negotiating approach to date. I maintain that view.
There are some areas where continued jurisdiction for the ECJ is defensible and may, pragmatically, be the best route forward.
By reminding us that the EU status quo isn’t on the table, Juncker has done us a favour. Now May must set out her own stall.
I write this as possibly the least nationalistic member in the Houses of the Oireachtas, and one of just three members who wants to see Ireland re-join the Commonwealth.
The decision of the EU to restrict Switzerland’s access to scientific funding after they voted to limit freedom of movement sets a worrying precedent.