Blog: Brexit LIVE: EU ‘shot itself in foot’ – investigation uncovers stat which SHAMES Brussels – Daily Express

Facts4EU pored over figures supplied by the bloc’s statistics department, Eurostat, and came up with some conclusions which will make uncomfortable reading for President . With restrictions imposed to slow the spread of having impacted exports the world over last year, Facts4EU’s investigation nevertheless uncovered a striking difference when comparing those from EU countries to the rest of the world, and to the UK.

Between January 2020 and January 2021, exports to the rest of the world fell by 10.8 percent.

However, during the same time frame, exports to the UK fell by 27.4 percent.

Nor was this adequately explained by pre-Brexit stockpiling in December 2020, Facts4EU’s analysis suggests, given these were just 14.2 percent higher than normal according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) – not enough to balance the 27.4 percent figure.

Facts4EU’s editor-in-chief Leigh Evans said: “Is the EU shooting itself in the foot in order to punish Brexit Britain?

“Without the UK’s exports to the EU, the EU’s already lamentable vaccination performance would sink yet further.

“In no way can the EU claim any high ground in this mess. They have been exposed, red in tooth in claw for the whole world to see.

“Does Brussels really want to see UK companies and consumers buy more from ‘anyone but the EU’?”

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Considering the reasons behind the dramatic fall in the EU’s exports to the UK compared to the rest of the world, Mr Evans suggested there had been “a significant shift in British public opinion when it comes to buying products made in the EU.”

He explained: “Our sense is that the public still feel warmly towards the citizens in the countries involved in the sclerotic EU enterprise.

“’Love Europe, hate the EU’ is still a common refrain. The problem lies with the unelected bureaucrats in Brussels, and certain nationalist leaders of EU countries such as Monsieur Macron of France.

“It would be a great shame if the citizens of the EU27 countries suffer job losses and hardship as a result of these politicians and unelected and extremist ideologues, but if this appalling behaviour continues any longer we suspect that Brexit Britain will turn even faster to its friends around the world for its products, in preference to those from the EU.”

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7am update: Brussels “shooting itself in the foot”

Brussels is “shooting itself in the foot” in a foolish attempt to punish the UK for Brexit, a think tank analysis has suggested, with exports to Britain falling far faster than to the rest of the world compared with last year.

Facts4EU pored over figures supplied by the bloc’s statistics department, Eurostat, and came up with some conclusions which will make uncomfortable reading for European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.

With restrictions imposed to slow the spread of COVID-10 having impacted exports the world over last year, Facts4EU’s investigation nevertheless uncovered a striking difference when comparing those from EU countries to the rest of the world, and to the UK.

Between January 2020 and January 2021, exports to the rest of the world fell by 10.8 percent. However, during the same time frame, exports to the UK fell by 27.4 percent.

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