Brexit LIVE: Spike in anti-EU support after UK split from ‘sluggish Brussels bureaucracy’

Julian Jessop, of think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs claimed the fact the UK had vaccinated more than EU nations showed the “benefits of decoupling from sluggish EU decision making and bureaucracy”.

He added: “To be fair, it’s no coincidence that Brexit Britain has rolled out the vaccines more quickly than the EU.”

The professor was also referring to a poll carried out by Ipsos Mori which showed those who believe Brexit has been positive have a slight edge – 39 percent versus 38 percent.

Meanwhile, 17 percent claimed the UK leaving the EU made no difference.

Keiran Pedley, Ipsos Mori’s director of politics, said: “It is striking how we have witnessed such a sharp increase in positive sentiment towards Brexit in just a month.

“Whilst this data cannot directly link such an increase to the vaccine rollout and related rows between the UK and the EU, it would be a surprise if this wasn’t playing a part in this shift in sentiment.”

1,128 Brits were polled between March 26 and 29.


7:30am update: Petrol bombs thrown in Brexit related protests in NI 

Police have come under attack as violence flared during another night of sporadic disorder in parts of Northern Ireland.

Petrol bombs and bricks were thrown at officers in loyalist areas in Newtownabbey and Carrickfergus on Sunday night.

It was the second night in a row that trouble broke out at the Cloughfern roundabout in Newtownabbey on the outskirts of Belfast, although the violence was not as prolonged as on Saturday night.

Tensions have soared within the loyalist community in recent months over post-Brexit trading arrangements which have been claimed to have created barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK.

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